The Supreme Court declined to hear the case of the former high school rapper who was suspended for posting online a profane rap song directed at two school coaches.
The Supreme Court will now have to decide whether to hear its first case on student off-campus online speech.
The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of a Mississippi school district for suspending a student for a rap video posted online, furthering a debate on whether the Tinker standard should apply to off-campus speech.
After the Supreme Court ruled on Elonis in June, free-speech advocates worry about potential consequences on student social media speech.
The judges were urged to uphold a Fifth Circuit panel's December 2014 ruling in favor of Taylor Bell, an aspiring rap artist suspended from school in 2011 for a profane YouTube video about misconduct by two coaches at his school.
An appeals court has decided it will rehear the case of a former Mississippi student whom school officials punished for posting online a profanity-filled rap alleging two school employees had inappropriate contact with other students.