Tinker vs. Des Moines. This is about the case in which the first ammendment was taken into consideration, when studennts wore arm bands to school to show anti-war status.

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U.S. Supreme Court TINKER v. DES MOINES SCHOOL DIST., 393 U.S. 503 (1969)

Tinker vs. Des Moines is a case about how one school was not giving students free speech by banning arm bands.Petitioners, three public school pupils in Des Moines, Iowa, were suspended from school for wearing black armbands to protest the Government's policy in Vietnam. Her father was going to sue the school district because it expelled his child for a reason that violated the first Amendment of the Constuition of the United States. They sought nominal damages and an injunction against a regulation that the respondents had promulgated banning the wearing of armbands. The District Court dismissed the complaint on the ground that the regulation was within the Board's power, despite the absence of any finding of substantial interference with the conduct of school activities. The judge in the first trial said Des Moines was not in violation of any of the Ammendments.

The Tinker family took the case to the Supreme Court and finally all but two Justices decided that Des Moines was in violation of the first and fourteenth Ammendments.

I agree with the second verdict because no one has the right to stop people from expressing themselves especially when they are doing it peaceably. I can not believe anyone could think that students have to shed their Amendment rights at the school front door. All the students at Des Moines school had parents that were involved in anti-war commitees. They grew up learning war was wrong. All the students that were suspended went to these commitee meetings, and were in a few anti-war protests and parades. Also no one hasthe right to make death threats to another person because they disagree with his/her opinion or views on a certain subject.

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