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In 1965 kids were not allowed to wear armbands to school. It represented a protest to the Vietnam war, But two girls decided to wear them to school.
The Tinkers were asked to remove the armbands and they refused to remove them, so the school official decided that they were going to get suspended from school.
So they both got suspended from school so they decided to take them off to go back to school.
The tinkers went to the U.S district court. The Tinkers believed that the Des Monies school district violated their right to free speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Even though the students were not speaking with their voices, they believed that wearing armbands was like speaking.
The Court said that wearing the armbands could disrupe learning at the school. Learning without disruption was more important than the free speech of the students.
The Tinkers appealed their case to the next level of courts, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit: But the Circuit Court agreed with the District Court. The Tinkers then appealed their case to the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court had to answer this basic question: Does the constitutional right of free speech protect the symbolic speech of public school students?
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