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Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District U.S. Supreme Court opinion

(09/06/14 4:19pm)

In February 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court reversing lower court decisions in favor of three Iowa students who were suspended for wearing black armbands in protest of the Vietnam War. Memorably, the court's majority opinion — penned by Justice Abe Fortas — noted that neither students nor teachers "shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." The ruling sets the standard by which school administrators may censor student speech.

Federal rulings in Florida, Michigan push back against Hazelwood's advancing tide

(06/25/13 9:00am)

When a student voices a personal opinion during school -- even during class -- that opinion is entitled to a high degree of First Amendment protection, and it may neither be proscribed nor punished absent concrete evidence that it provoked a disruptive reaction or was imminently likely to do so. That has been the law for some 44 years, since the Supreme Court decided Tinker v.

Supreme Court declines to hear First Amendment challenge over school’s American flag clothing ban

(03/30/15 1:27pm)

A petition to the nation’s highest court followed a February 2014 ruling from three judges on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in California, who found Live Oak High School officials did not violate the First Amendment when they ordered students to remove American flag T-shirts during a Cinco de Mayo celebration in 2010.