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Student Free Speech

Can schools restrict students the right to freedom of expression? Freedom of expression appears to be a confusing thing to talk about like when can you say anything you want or when your right is suppressed due to certain circumstances. One of many incidents or examples of this is Morse vs. Frederick case dealing with a student bringing a banner off school grounds, at a school supervised activity saying “Bong hits 4 Jesus”, which then was taken away from the student by a school administrator. The school stated that “ it encouraged illegal drug use”. The ruling was no for this case, but this isn’t always the ruling for these touchy cases.


       School should be a place where students can’t express themselves in classes and speak their mind to engage conversations and to ask questions. In this very controversial case Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent Community School District, the case dealt with students displeasure and disapproval of the Vietnam War. They wore black armbands one day at school showing protest what they “ saw as an unjust struggle”. They were forced to take off the armbands and then suspended, then eventually the school district was in return sued. In result the Supreme Court favored for the students stating that “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate … School officials do not possess absolute authority over their students.”


     Hazelwood School District vs. Kuhlmeier case is a very well known case and emotional for everyone especially women the right to express themselves. The issue once again schools trying to suppress students 1st Amendment, two junior girls wanted to put facts and put out awareness about divorces on teens and teen pregnancy.