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Updated: 10/19/2020
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  • Tinker vs. Des Moines
  • Background info
  • Argument
  • 1969
  • Supreme Court Ruling
  • In 1969, Des Moines students who wore Vietnam war protest armbands had to remove them or face suspension.
  • Connected amendment
  • One important detail in the argument of the Tinker case was that the students’ protest did not take the form of written expression, but instead used a symbol, black armbands to represent the Vietnam war.
  • Impact
  • The Supreme Court ruled that the armbands were a form of symbolic speech, which is protected by the First Amendment.
  • The first amendment states that U.S citizens have freedom of peaceful protest.
  • Students can peacefully protest as long as the protest isn’t potentially offending anyone.
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