Essay Freedom Of Speech And Public Schools

1057 Words Dec 11th, 2014 5 Pages
Students make up almost half of the U.S population, with the number of students going up every year. With so many students there is bound to be some issues, in the past years, it has been a contentious topic “student rights.” The first and fourth amendments have had an increasing importance of student rights in public schools. The first amendment is often used in debates in expressing the limitations to students’ freedoms of speech and expression,religion. The discussion continues as families, school administrators, and the U.S. legal system seek to equalize student rights with the needs of public schools. Freedom of speech is probably the most misunderstood of all the five components, the freedom of speech has been altered many times in court. In a public school setting, students are promised to have their rights as citizens of the U.S protected. “[Students in school] as well as out of school are “persons” under our Constitution.” (Student Rights). A famous case is Tinker Vs Des Moines, where two students wanted to protest the war in Vietnam by wearing arm bands. When school officials saw what they were wearing the teachers demanded the students take off the arm bands. The case got all the way to the United States Supreme Court. The Court was in favor of the students, and said that students had a right to wear the armbands, just as long as they weren 't going to harm themselves or anyone else.( Student Rights). That was an example where the First Amendment applied to…

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