Tinker V. Des Moines

Tinker V. Des Moines

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  • Court is in session! Today we are holding a civil case between John and Mary Tinker and the Des Moines school district. 
  • John, Mary, and a friends decided to wear black armbands to school as a way to protest the Vietnam war. They believed their decision wouldbe protected under the 1st amendment, but the disagreement is where this case starts.
  • School officials told the students to take the armbands off. When they refused, the teenagers were suspended.
  •  But why should my right to express myself stop with speech? I along with any other student, should be protected to do so under the first amendment, even in school.
  • Exactly, justice. These students refused to follow the orders of school officials and were therefore suspended.
  • This is exactly why the court has ruled in favor of John and Mary Tinker. Students' rights to express themselves do NOT stop with speech or at the doors to school. The only exception is if the form of expression is distracting to the learning environment.
  • This case would go down in history as one of the most important cases for teenagers. This is because it reminds teenagers that they have a voice and are just as protected under the 1st amendment as adults. Everyone has a voice.
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