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Bethel School District v. Fraser (1986)
Matthew Fraser, a senior at Bethel High School, gave a speech to his class in a school assembly that contained many inappropriate phrases and references.
He was then suspended from school and taken off the graduation speaking list. His parents appealed the school's disciplinary action.
Matthew's father filed a suit at the Federal District Court, claiming this was a violation of the 1st amendment.
The court agreed his free speech rights had been violated, and the school board appealed the case to the US Supreme Court .
The Court had previously decided in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School Board that students do not lose their constitutional rights at school.
However, in this case, the Court upheld the school district. saying being punished for his inappropriate speech taught fundamental values.
The impacts of this case show the issue of student expression and the limits of the !st amendment.
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