Tinker Vs. Des Moines Independent School District (1969)

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  • On December 1965, three students, by the names of John Tinker, Mary Beth Tinker, and Chris Eckhardt, wore black armbands to protest the war against VIetnam
  • School officials told them to remove the armbands, but the kids refused too. Thus, they were supspended
  • The parents of the kids sued the school district claiming a violation to the first amendment.
  • The Supreme Court ended up siding with the students' rights to the first amendment.
  • Even though the Supreme Court sided with the students, they were still limited to the extent of their freedom of speech because...
  • Despite the majority of the Supreme Court voting in favor of the students, some dissenters of the majority were worried that their self-expression would disrupt class work and invade the right of other.
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