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US Supreme Court TINKER v DES MOINES SCHOOL DIST 393 US 503 1969 Tinker vs Des Moines is a case about how one school was not giving students free speech by banning arm bandsPetitioners three public school pupils in Des Moines Iowa were suspended from school for wearing black armbands to protest the Governments policy in Vietnam Her father was going to sue the school district because it expelled his child for a reason that violated the first Amendment of the Constuition of the United States They sought nominal damages and an injunction against a regulation that the respondents had promulgated banning the wearing of armbands The District Court dismissed the complaint on the ground that the regulation was within the Boards power despite the absence of any finding of substantial interference with the conduct of school activities The judge in the first trial said Des Moines was not in violation of any of the Ammendments The Tinker family took the case to the Supreme Court and finally all but two Justices decided that Des Moines was in violation of the first and fourteenth Ammendments I agree with the second verdict because no one has the right to stop people from expressing themselves especially when they are doing it peaceably I can not believe anyone could think that students have to shed their Amendment rights at the school front door All the students at Des Moines school had parents that were involved in anti-war commitees They grew up learning war was wrong All the students that were suspended went to these commitee meetings and were in a few anti-war protests and parades Also no one hasthe right to make death threats to another person because they disagree with hisher opinion or views on a certain subject The problem posed by the present case does not relate to regulation of the length of skirts or the type of clothing to hair style or deportment Cf
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