Fresno-area high-school senior Racquel Alec was kicked off her school basketball team after re-tweeting a picture of Snoop Dogg “holding what appeared to be a marijuana joint in his hand,” according to the Fresno Bee.
As a result, the student and her family are suing now Sierra High, her former school, and the Sierra Unified School District for violating Alec’s free speech.
According to the school district, the post violates a code preventing students from “engaging in inappropriate sexual and drug propaganda.” Alec’s lawyers, however, state that since the post was made by a private account in her home, it was not a punishable offense.
“The speech (Alec) was punished for was not ‘student speech’ at all and cannot be regulated or controlled by defendants. In fact, the speech being punished here was merely a passive clicking/liking of an image posted of a celebrity artist,” the family’s attorney Pahoua Lor stated in the complaint, according to the paper.
Rapper Snoop Dogg agrees with the sentiment, going as far as offering her legal counsel, stating “Have her lawyers hit my team this is nonsense,” he wrote in an Instagram post.