SC Case: Linden & Lexi

SC Case: Linden & Lexi
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Linden & Lexi

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  • These bands represent how we feel towards the Vietnam War.
  • You need to remove those bands or else you and anyone else participating in this protest will be suspended!
  • We should be allowed to wear black arm bands.
  • IT'S NOT FAIR
  • Mary Beth and John Tinker, along with other students, arrived at school with black bands on their arms protesting the war in Vietnam. 
  • We care. It's our lives
  • Who cares!
  • As they entered the school wearing the black bands, they were asked to remove the bands. After refusing to take them off, Mary Beth was sent home and the others were suspended.
  • The students were told that they could not return to school until they agreed to remove the black arm bands. On the return of the students after winter break, they had removed their arm bands, but wore black clothing for the rest of the year as another way of protsting.
  • "...students do not 'shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.'"
  • We can now express our feelings through our clothing and protesting actions.
  • Students and their families went to court saying that the way that their children expressed their thoughts was up to them. Even after their claim was ignored in court the first time, the parents and students continued in their fight and had their case taken up with the Supreme Court.
  • The students were represented by the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and took part in a four year court battle. At the end of this long battle, the First Ammendment ended up protecting the rights of the students as it defends their right to freedom of speech.
  • Tinker
  • Des Moines
  • The court case finalized on February 24, 1969 with a court ruling of 7-2 stating that the students could express themselves freely due to the First Ammendment as it now covered public schools. In the end the students could now feel free to express themselves as long as their actions did not disrupt the learning environment.
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