Cheerleader Who Wouldn't Cheer Rapist Loses Supreme Court Bid

The Texas cheerleader who was kicked off her squad after refusing to cheer for her own rapist has lost her Supreme Court appeal. According to the SF Chronicle, a lower court had ruled "that the cheerleader was speaking for the school, not herself, and had no right to remain silent when called on to cheer the athlete by name." The Supreme Court declined to hear her case, and did not explain why.

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The Supreme Court denies cert to most petitions. I think I read recently only 3% of cases filed get granted certiorari. It definitely hovers at 5%.

Apparently the Court didn't feel the need to take up the question of whether the decision to cheer or not to cheer was a first amendment protected activity. I'm not exactly surprised.