In 1965 John Tinker made the decision that he and others from his school would wear black armbands to their school in Des Moines, Iowa in protest of the ongoing Vietnam war. The armbands, which were plain besides a white peace symbol, were meant to signify the teenagers support of the Christmas truce called for by Robert F Kennedy as well as the end of the United States involvement in the Vietnam war. The reason of the students opposition was the high amount of United States soldiers that were killed and wounded in a war that many deemed unnecessary. Principals at the Des Moines schools came together to make the decision that any students that refused to remove the armbands in school would be suspended, so when Tinker was forced to leave school because he would not remove the armband many said this was a violation of his first and fourteenth amendment rights. Reasons given to these suspensions was that the school system did not allow for students to wear armbands in school.
Students in schools are permitted to carry identification cards on them at all times when on school campus. Local law enforcements are now putting officers in the hallways, to post security during the change of classes and to patrol the campus grounds during class time. Last would be the installation of cameras on school buses to monitor the bus riders. Administrators in schools have begun to show zero tolerance on things that students say, write, or show that might indicate any act of violence upon other students. For example, six students in Decatur, Ill. were expelled from school for one year for fighting at a high school game.
In the course of discovery, the School Board members who voted to remove the books acknowledged that they had not read many of the books and that they removed them because they exposed students to the "religion of witchcraft." The ultimate questions: Do students have a right to read? Does book censorship violate the First Amendment and at the expense of who? As the final verdict on April 22, 2003, the Supreme Court ordered the return of the books back to library shelves. Background Information The Court cited the Tinker case and ruled that there was no evidence that reasonably showed substantial disruption or material interference with school activities if students were allowed unfettered access to the books.
In Morton Rhue’s ‘The Wave’ the cohort/ students at Gordon High changed due to events that take place. However, the Wave should not be re-enacted in current classrooms and schools. Set in an American school, Rhue writes about event which swept through a school a quickly escalated out of control. When teaching his history class about the Nazi party and world war two Ben Ross puts a student movement into practice which prevented students from being individuals. Students changed the way they interacted with each other.
What is changing are the people involved and the environment where these freedoms are being questioned. In the essay Schools fail free speech 101, it is my observation that the author takes the position that the constitutional rights of students in American schools are being denied by teachers, principals, and administrators. The author uses many examples of these censorships of students as premises to support his conclusion (2007). In the article, the author reports about a Cincinnati high school student magazine that included a “mildly critical” article about the schools football team and the principal ordered the article be torn out of the magazine before it was distributed (Schools fail, 2007). I feel this is a strong premise to support the conclusion that administrators censor what students write in their publications.
'Jesus Not Allowed': Anti-Faith Sentiment Sweeps US Angela Hildenbrand faced the very real possibility of going to jail for her faith. The trouble began when a federal judge ruled that no one at her Texas high school could pray or even use words like "prayer" or "amen" during the 2011 graduation ceremonies. As class valedictorian, Hildenbrand felt God deserved the praise, even if it meant jail for her. "I was definitely preparing myself to have to make that sort of tough decision and mentally prepare myself for what well could be coming next," she told CBN News. Hildenbrand's case is just one of more than 640 cases of religious hostility cited in a new report by the Liberty Institute.
Des Moines Independent School District (1965) Issue: You Have the Right to Express Yourself Up to A Certain Point Three teens wore black armbands to a school in Des Moines, Iowa, to protest the war in Vietnam. School officials told them to remove the armbands, and when they refused they were suspended, and the parents sued the district, claiming it was in violation of their first amendment right of freedom of speech. When the Supreme Court got the case and looked it over they sided with the students they said “students and teachers don’t shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate”. The court did not grant students to an unlimited right ti self
Some people believe the students should have their own choices. They can go to school and succeed or not go and fail. The school administrators should not have to force the students to go to school; however, the law says every minor must go to school until they graduate from high school. Taking away their driver's license is too harsh. The administrators should make a fair and balanced punishment.
Books are constantly being banned from all different places for all different reasons as well as from all age groups. Books are usually banned because of content such as profanity, sexual situations, or even witchcraft. But should they be banned to everyone just for these reasons? Books should not be banned to high school students and older. Student in high school are exposed to many different things, good and bad, as a part of growing up and maturing.
Edward testified in the second trial and stated that he was thinking about pulling his children out of that class every morning, but he was afraid that the children’s relationships with their teachers and classmates could be affected. After hearing both of these trials the federal court ruled in Schempp and his children’s favor. The school district didn’t like that very much and appealed the ruling. While this appeal was pending, any children’s parents or the child itself does not want to participate in any of the activities placed in that part of the class may be excused by a written consent by a parent. Schemmp still felt like this was still unfair and pursued the suing of Arbington School District.