Freedom Of Speech In Schools Case Study
A student came to school with a banner reading “Bong hits 4 Jesus,” and the school suspended him for encouraging drug use. When the case reached the Supreme Court, the judges decided that the school could reasonably suspend the student, as his pro-drug message went against the goals of the school (Morse v Frederick). The justices did not view whether the banner would disrupt the school. The fact that the justices did not argue over disruption means they ignored the Tinker Test, and helped restrict students’ speech. Although the Tinker case had an immediately beneficial result it has become less liberating for students in the years after.
Another case important to students’ freedom of speech was Hazlewood Independent School District v Kuhlmeier. The Supreme Court ruled in this case that schools have the right to censor student speech if it “may fairly be characterized as part of the school curriculum (Goldstein),” or it is “poorly written… or unsuitable for immature audiences, or inconsistent with shared values of a civilized social order." As a result of this case, students rights were restricted, and more power was given to