Tinker v. Des Moines

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  • The Movement
  • The Action
  • We need to stop these kids!
  • Why the first amendment was in question
  • On December 16-17,1965 , a group of students from Des Moines, Iowa, wore black arm bands to school to protest the Vietnam War.
  • The Courts
  • When the administrator found out of their plans, he made a rule to punish them on December 14,1965. The students and their parents believed this violated their First Amendment rights.
  • The Court's Findings
  • The 1st Amendment states that everyone has the right to freedom of speech. The U.S. Supreme Court decided the students did not "shed their constitutional rights when they enter the schoolhouse door".
  • How it has affected Journalism today
  • They 1st went to Des Moines district court and the judge decided the school's policy was reasonable. Then the students took the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • The court found (in a 7-2 decision) that the school's actions did in fact violate the kids First Amendment rights.
  • Since Tinker v. Des Moines, there have been many cases that have been affected by its decision. One of those cases decided that principals now have final rule over all school writings that are to be publicized.
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