<TANGENT> (And don’t complain about this tangent, I TOLD you I was polisci major and politics nerd. So really, you have only yourself to blame.) First, a thing about Supreme Court cases. The who and why are often irrelevant to a Supreme Court Case. Like in Arizona vs. Grant. The case isn’t about car search, per se. It’s about search powers under the constitution. So it doesn’t matter about who in Arizona searched which car or why they did- the issue is search powers, limited authority, etc. and THAT is what the court hearing is actually about.</TANGENT>
OK, now read this upcoming case* that is coming before the supreme court. A Texas cheerleader (woo, never put those two word together on my blog before) was kicked off her cheerleading team after refusing to chant “2, 4, 6, 8, 10, come on, Rakheem, put it in.” Rakheem is the boy who she accused of raping her (he pled guilty to misdemeanor assault charge). The school said she had to go home and was dismissed from the team. She and the parents sued. They lost in federal court AND told her to pay the school $45,000 in legal costs.
Where do I start with the issues?
I am astounded. ASTOUNDED. With every story I read I am sure that Texas has reached its limit of crazy, but they always manage to top themselves. ALWAYS.
But the Court won’t rule on whether she is a victim, or if the school was wrong. They are deciding this issue on one question: Whether the school can limit her use of free speech, if said free speech “disrupted the educational process”. That’s it. Did this cheerleader disrupt the educational process by sitting out that one cheer? I think not, but, sadly, the SCOTUS won’t be asking me. And since the SCOTUS won’t be ruling on the absolute stupidity of the Texas school in question. I’m going to hold court right here.
Ready? Let’s do this:
Hear ye! Hear ye! The Supreme Court of “Are You Stupid?” is now in session!
Case: Rape Victim vs. Silsbee High School
THE RULING: Damn, you’re stupid Silsbee High School (and mean and backwards and other things- but I don’t have time to set up judiciaries for all of your ‘backward-ness’).
*It is not yet an official upcoming case. The lawyer for the cheerleader has said he will file to have the case heard with the Supreme Court. It will be up to the court to hear the case, or let the lower court ruling stand. It will be a couple of months before the Court lets the parties involved know whether or not they will hear the case.