Tinker V. Des Moines

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Over the years, student rights have been an issue. There are two defining cases for this problem: Tinker v. Des Moines and Goss v. Lopez. Both of these cases were turning points in student right since both times the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the students. Although both of these cases are closely related, there are some differences in regards to the reason for the trail and the approaches taken. In Tinker v. Des Moines, Christopher Eckhardt, John Tinker, and Mary Tinker decided to join their parents in the fight against the Vietnam War. The students were going to wear black armbands with the peace symbol to school in order to show their support. Unfortunately, the principals of the Des Moines, Iowa learned about these plans. In efforts to steer clear of disturbances, on December 14th the principals created a policy that stated any student wearing a black armband would be asked to remove it. If the student refused to remove the armband, the student would be suspended. Regardless of the policy, the Tinkers wore their armbands to school on December 16 and Eckhardt wore his armband the next day. The armbands didn’t cause a disturbance, but the three students were still suspended and asked not to return to school until they removed the armbands. Even though the students returned to school after the protest was over, they had filed a lawsuit in the federal district court. They asked the courts to overrule the school’s decision to punish the students for wearing the armbands. The district court dismissed the case, and the students appealed the decision which took the case to the federal court of appeals. The federal court agreed with the district court so the students took their case the U.S Supreme Court. In Goss v. Lopez, Dwight Lopez was suspended along with 75 other students were suspended for a disturbance in the lunch room that resulted in damage to
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