Students in Des Moines, Iowa wore armbands to school to peacefully protest about the Vietnam war. They didn’t remove them and were suspended.
The parents claimed the student’s right to free speech was violated.
See! We have rights too!
The court ruled in the student’s favor saying that wearing armbands was symbolic and not letting students wear them was violating the 1st amendment.
1st amendment- freedom of speech. This case showed that you have the right to have freedom of speech at school and that you have a right to symbolic movements. 14th amendment- Equal protection clause. This shows that kids have rights too.
It showed the court that right to freedom of speech overrides maintaining order and that minors have rights that schools must protect. Also it showed that symbolic speech must be protected too.