In 2008, a high school cheerleader (known in court papers only as "HS") was raped by a student athlete at her school. He confessed and got probation. Later, at a basketball game, the cheerleaders were instructed to chant his name:
Four months later, in January 2009, HS travelled to one of Silsbee High School's basketball games in Huntsville. She joined in with the business of leading cheers throughout the match. But when Bolton was about to take a free throw, the girl decided to stand silently with her arms folded.
"I didn't want to have to say his name and I didn't want to cheer for him," she later told reporters. "I just didn't want to encourage anything he was doing."
Richard Bain, the school superintendent in the sport-obsessed small town, saw things differently. He told HS to leave the gymnasium. Outside, he told her she was required to cheer for Bolton. When the girl said she was unwilling to endorse a man who had sexually assaulted her, she was expelled from the cheerleading squad.
Her family sued, arguing that her free speech rights were violated and that the request that she chant her rapist's name in support of him four months after being raped by him was "insensitive and unreasonable." Two courts ruled against her, saying that she's essentially a mouthpiece for the school, and ordered her family to pay the school $45,000 in legal fees. The Supreme Court just denied appeal.