Hi, my name is Mathew Fraser! I went to Bethel High school during the early 80's, located in Washington State. In the month of April 1983, I presented a " seductive speech" to my fellow peers. A day after my speech I was told by my assistant principal that I violated a school code. He told me I used obscene language which was unacceptable. Three years later in July 1986 the Supreme Court had made a final decision and said that the Bethel High did not violate my rights as a student.
Why is this case important?
This case is important because it made students, parents, and citizens question how many rights are school children given. The Constitutional issue that this case brought attention to was whether or not students have freedom of speech and expression in the schoolhouses around the nation?
Other cases related to Bethel vs.Fraser
A case by the name of Moore vs. Frederick that happened in 2007 is related to Bethel vs. Fraser. An Alaskan created a banner that said "Bong hits 4 JESUS", the principal decided to discipline the child by suspending him. The case was taken to court and the Supreme Court decided the principal had the right to discipline the child.
More Constitutional issues
Majority of the justices in Supreme court agreed with the principal disciplining the student that used a religious subject on his banner. The dissent or judgment of the Supreme Court was final and that was it. The same question was brought up was the student's first amendment right stripped away from him?
Hi, my name is Marcia and I believe the lasting effect of all cases similar to the ones above is knowing your rights. The student's who said the offensive comments probably were in the wrong for saying what was said. Know one should ever be punished for what they said no matter how upsetting it is. Just standing up for our rights as citizens and remembering how these cases affected the school systems in the U.S is a lasting effect.