40th Anniversary of Supreme Court Decision on Student Speech
Feb 11, 2009
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A discussion was held on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of U.S. Supreme Court case Tinker et al. v. Des Moines Independent Community School District et al.
. The case involved three pupils who were suspended .. Read More
A discussion was held on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of U.S. Supreme Court case Tinker et al. v. Des Moines Independent Community School District et al.. The case involved three pupils who were suspended from public school for wearing black armbands in December 1965 to protest the government’s policy in Vietnam. The case was heard on November 12, 1968, and on February 24, 1969,
in a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that “students do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” This ruling that students have a right to express speech as long as it is not disruptive was the first Supreme Court ruling that specifically provided protection for students' free expression rights.
Tom Hutton was an attorney for the National School Boards Association which filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a principal’s decision to regulate student speech. On Monday, March 19, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the Morse v. Frederick on whether high school principal Deborah Morse in Juneau, Alaska, violated student Joseph Frederick’s free speech rights by suspending him for a banner that read “Bong Hits 4 Jesus.”