An athletic director whose position was abolished after he spoke out against hazing by high school football players has been given a second chance to sue a school district.

The 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals found that Louis J. Cioffi was engaging in protected speech when he wrote a letter criticizing a football coach’s management of his players and spoke at a news conference on the school system’s handling of a hazing incident involving a 14-year-old boy.

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