In response to the Supreme Court’s decision today in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., Bruce Lesley, President of First Focus on Children issued the following statement: 

“The Supreme Court today rightfully re-asserted that children have First Amendment rights, too. We are pleased that, by an 8-1 margin, the Court decided that neither new technology — nor the age of the speaker — should play a role in whether the government can stifle speech. This case was about much more than a cheerleader and a bad word and we are pleased that the Court recognized this. Young people, all across the country, are emerging as leaders in the fight against injustice — against racial inequity, LGBTQ discrimination, climate change, gun violence, and other issues — and must be allowed to speak up without fear of punishment from those in power.”