1st amendment blog post

Topic Symbolic Speech


 Should symbolic speech be protected by the 1st amendment even in school building’s


Symbolic speech is used to describe actions that purposefully and discernibly convey a particular message to the viewers. The schools don’t like that because it hurts their image of the school and the community in their opinion. In this case Morse v Frederick Joseph Frederick held up a banner with the message “Bong Hits 4 Jesus,” a slang reference to marijuana smoking. Principal Deborah Morse took away the banner and suspended Frederick for ten days. She justified her actions by citing the school’s policy against the display of material that promotes the use of illegal drugs. In my opinion it was a school sponsored event so he shouldn’t have done this because it was their rules and laws. Frederick violated those laws by promoting those illegal drugs. He knew the laws of the school so he should’ve known not to do that. This was a illegal case but in the Tinker v Des Moines they were trying to support the troops and the end of the Vietnam war but the school wouldn’t allow it. They decided to wear black armbands throughout the holiday season and to fast on December 16 and New Year’s Eve. The principals of the Des Moines school learned of the plan and met on December 14 to create a policy that stated that any student wearing an armband would be asked to remove it, with refusal to do so resulting in suspension. This was wrong I feel for supporting troop and wanting it to end they got suspended.

I felt this was doing them wrong by suspending them for a national issue that a school wouldn’t allow their student s to support the troops risking their lives for them. Justice Potter Stewart says” That students don’t get their full first amendment rights.

The big issue with symbolic speech is it doesn’t really work in school because we don’t have it in school we don’t say whatever we want because well get in trouble for it and get suspended when if we did it on the streets it would be ok. The schools don’t give us all are amendments they give us the one that doesn’t really matter when we’re in school. It’s are choose to leave school when we do but if we do we get in trouble for it same if we speak our true opinion we can get detention or suspension for it yet they’re telling us to speak our mind.


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