Amount cheerleader who refused to cheer rapist required to pay reduced

Some good news for the Texas high school cheerleader who sued her school after she was thrown off the squad for refusing to cheer for a basketball player who had plead guilty to sexually assaulting her.

While she lost her shot at winning her case when the Supreme Court refused to hear her appeal, this decision references the amount of money ($39,000) a lower court had ordered she and her parents to pay to address the “frivolous” lawsuit. According to KFDM news:

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the lower court erred in finding that one of the four claims of the former cheerleader – a violation of her First Amendment right to free speech – was frivolous. The court said the fees should be recalculated based on the remaining claims it says were rightly called frivolous.

The remaining claims were about her right to “liberty, property, equal protection and due process,” which this court affirmed had no merit. So basically, her family will only be forced to pay a portion of the original $39,000 to the school.


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