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  • Case File    
  • Tinker v. Des Moines
  • Facts of the Case
  • But we have freedom of speech.
  • Take the armbands off !
  • Question Before the Court
  • ?
  • Tinker v. Des Moines
  • Arguments for the petitioner
  • What the School Board did was a violation of freedom of speech.
  • The Tinker v. Des Moines court case is one of the most groundbreaking trials in the history of the United States. The case involves 3 minors—John Tinker, Mary Beth Tinker and Christopher Eckhart—who were each suspended from their schools for wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War. 
  • Arguments for the respondent 
  • We cannot allow these students to interrupt the education of other students just because they want to express themselves.
  • Can the School Board prohibit the students to wear the armbands or is it a violation of the right of freedom of speech?
  • Decision
  • This honorable court rules in favor of the petitioner.
  • The petitioner argued that prohibiting the students to wear the armbands was a violation of the students freedom of speech.
  • lawyer
  • The respondent argued that what they did (school) was reasonable because it was disruptive to the school that the students were wearing the armbands. That will distract the students during their classes.
  • lawyer
  • The Supreme Court said that the School Board  was actually violating the first amendment of the U.S Constitution (freedom of speech)of the students and ruled in favor of the Tinker's.
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