The 1st Amendment Is Our Most Valued Constitution

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Freedom Of speech is our most valued constitutional right “Freedom is the power or right to act, speak or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” “Speech is the expression of or the ability to express thoughts and feelings by articulate sounds.” The 1st amendment is the right we are entitled to as US citizens. The 1st amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791, which states we have Freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and the right to protest the government. Neither the government nor law can take away your rights to these matters. Freedom of speech is by far one of the most valued constitutional rights because it allows us to exercise our thoughts. Although this may sound like a contradiction to the constitution this is only true in certain settings. With freedom of speech we must keep in mind the message being conveyed and the intended audience. Ever wonder why we can’t just go around dropping “F bombs” in school? Although that’s freedom of speech it may affect the others around you. An example of the previously stated assertion is in the Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier case. A school principal censored a student newspaper by removing some of the articles prior to publication because he felt the some of the student’s body would feel uncomfortable and targeted by the topics. The students felt that the principal’s actions were unfair and violated their first amendment rights of freedom of speech and press. They took the case to court, and the decision was 5 to 3 with one jurier undecided in favor or the school district. This case shows how even though the students have freedom of speech and press if it will impact the audience or others negatively it isn’t allowed. This doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to say whatever you want; this simply means take into consideration the others who may be affected by it. Many can argue that

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