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The first amendment states every US citizen has the right to press petition assemble freedom of religion and freedom of speech Also the amendment states the government is not allowed to make any law that breaks the rights of a citizen There is a time and place for everything and public schools are not an appropriate place to express freedom of speech In 1960s some Americans were against sending troops to Vietnam because of the many lives risked others because of the money it should cost In 1965 a group of Des Moines high school students met up and agreed to wear black armbands that following week to protest against the Vietnam War Rumors got around to school principles School Principals passed a rule forbidding armbands to be worn at school to prevent the fear of disruption in the classrooms In December five students wore armbands ignoring the schools new rule They were asked to take off the armbands and they refused resulting in suspension Then the parents of those complained that the 1 amendment rights of those students were violated This case went all the way to the Supreme Court Supreme Court ruled that students still have their rights of freedom of speech and expression in schoolFurthermore the opinion of the court showed that the school officials do not have the right to maintain order or prevent things that have the chance to disrupt the classrooms The principal clearly made a rule banning armbands so problems would not be created The disruptions from armbands could cause comments and different views being expressed instead of anyone listening to the teacher and what is being taught If could also offend others who have lost family members or friends due to the war The Principals knew all the possible issues wearing armbands could cause These are the reasons the students wearing the armbands were asked to take them off but still not following the school policy
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