The Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment

First Amendment

What expression was involved in the Tinker case?

In Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969; see Legal-Speak, p. 56), several students wore black peace armbands to school to protest U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. School officials had learned of the protest and quickly passed a no-armband rule. School officials believed the armbands were too controversial and could cause problems. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7 to 2 in favor of the students and against school officials. The Court reasoned that the school officials did not show that the armbands would be disruptive of school activities in any significant way.


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