tinker v des moines

tinker v des moines

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  • Tinker V. Des Moines Independent School District
  • We must be allowed to protest with our armbands!!
  • Facts
  • Principal
  • Even though we are in school, that does not mean you can take away our rights to free speech!!
  • Question before the court
  • Should students have free speech? Is this even considered free speech?
  • Mary Beth Tinker pleading for her rights.
  • Arguments for the plaintiff
  • Why us students are protected through the First Amendment.
  • Students sued their school for not allowing them to wear armbands used to protest against the Vietnam War, saying it violated their first amendment rights to free speech.
  • Arguments for the defendant
  • This is my school, my rules!!!
  •  Do students have the right to "free speech" guaranteed in the First Amendment? Is wearing armbands considered free speech?
  • Decision
  • The court has ruled against Des. Moines Independent school District!!
  • The plaintiff, Mary Beth Tinker, argued that students are protected free speech through the first amendment. She believed that even on school grounds, students have their rights that cannot be taken away from them.
  • The defendant argued that students should not have free speech on school grounds. They later went on to explain how school has rules that should be followed, and that the first amendment never applied to students as well.
  • The U.S Supreme Court rules that students have the same rights to free speech as all other citizens. They ruled that armbands are a symbol of speech, that therefore could not be taken away.
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