Supreme Court to take bong hits 4 Jesus

Justices agree to consider the case of a high school student suspended for displaying a banner that read "Bong Hits 4 Jesus."

Published December 1, 2006 8:58PM (EST)

If Ken Starr has his way, public high school students may soon be prohibited from advocating the taking of bong hits for Jesus.

OK, clearly we're having a little fun with this, but this is actually a serious story with potentially wide-ranging implications.

The Supreme Court has agreed to take on the case of a Juneau, Alaska, student suspended from his high school for displaying a banner that read "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" at an off-campus event. As I've written previously, the question of how free students are to speak when not technically on campus (though in this instance the student was at a school-sanctioned event) is far from settled law, and this could be a landmark decision.

The case comes up from the 9th Circuit, which ruled in favor of the student. As such, the Supreme Court's decision to hear it indicates the justices there are at least potentially sympathetic to the arguments of the school board and Starr, who took the case pro bono after the 9th Circuit's ruling.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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