Kuhlmeier also was restricted and went against the students. In this case two girls wanted to publish a story about teen pregnancy in the school newspaper. The story was about some other girls in this school and their experiences with teen pregnancy, the article also included information about abortion. The article did change the names of the pregnant girls for privacy reasons. The principle of the school did not approve of this article being run and he said that this material was inappropriate for high school students and that there still wasn’t enough privacy for the two pregnant students. The principle took the article out of the school newspaper, the students appealed to court saying that their first amendment rights had been violated. “The question whether the first amendment requires a school to tolerate particular student speech - the question that we addressed in Tinker - is different from the question whether the first amendment requires a school affirmatively to promote particular student speech.”(Document G) The supreme court is saying that this case is different from the Tinker case, this case is about whether the schools have to promote students free speech and let them write about whatever they want. “[w]e hold that educators do not offend the first amendment by exercising editorial control over the style and content of student speech in school-sponsored expressive activities”(Document G) The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the school officials, they are allowed to edit/monitor what is released in school expressive activities, such as a school
In this first case, dealing with the First Amendment in schools. Students, John and Mary and their friend Chris wore black armbands to school to protest the war in Vietnam. When school officials told the students to remove the armbands. The students refused and as a result, they were suspended from school. Afterward, the students who were suspended and their parents sued the school. Claiming a violation of their First Amendment right of freedom of speech.
In Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District by Justice Abe Fortas, and the transcript from Supreme Court Landmark Series: Tinker v. Des Moines, both discuss the same court case. After a careful analysis of these texts, the reader comes to understand the argument concerning those who believe certain kinds of speech should be prohibited within an educational setting and those who believe the opposite. However, this analysis leads one to recognize that “Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District” majority opinion presents a much stronger argument than the interview with Professor Catherine Ross because it had more facts, court cases, and credibility
The First Amendment: Free of Expression In 1787 our forefathers ratified the constitution of the United States of America, which contains the most important document to any American citizen, the Bill of Rights. The first amendment of the Bill of Rights states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the establishment thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech; or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. these freedoms (commonly called the freedom of expression) are of the most important rights in a truly democratic society. Without them there would be no new ideas; we would all conform under totalitarian rule for fear of punishment. However, when I, a common student at West Rowan High School try to express my feelings on "the state of the Bill of Rights in schools today" by making a computer presentation in multimedia class, my work is declared "bad" and my teacher and assistant principal do one of the most un-American things imaginable: they censored it.
Today, people will proclaim that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution is protected under law, however, in some circumstances, one’s free speech can become limited under the First Amendment. Although, it can become limited, however, it ultimately depends on the entire situation to where it is actually being used. From the United States Constitution, the First Amendment states,” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment in religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (Cotten & Wolohan 456). In this assignment, a student was provided with two different scenarios involving the First Amendment at a privative high school to where they decisively act
Freedom. The concept upon which the United States was founded. When people consider the Unites States of America, they think of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of expression. Yet, how much freedom do Americans really have? In Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District, three students fought for their right to express their opinion on a current political issue– the Vietnam War. The students claimed that their actions had not caused any disturbances in the academic environment and “sued the school district for violating [their] right of expression” (“Tinker v. Des Moines,” American History). To fully comprehend the issue of freedom of speech in schools, as it is addressed in Tinker v. Des Moines, one must grasp the issues involved in free speech as well as the social controversy over the Vietnam War and the background of the case, be able to analyze the opposing arguments of the topic, and become aware of the effects of Tinker v. Des Moines on more recent cases and how free speech is approached by schools.
The First Amendment did not keep the School District from disciplining Fraser for giving the vulgar and lewd speech at the assembly. Within the First Amendment, the use of any offensive form of explanation will not be banned to adults if they know it makes a political point, but it does not follow the same line that must be used with all children in a public school. It is a highly used function of public school education to forbid the use of vulgar and offensive language in public speech. Nothing in the Constitution outlaws the states from insisting that certain methods of expression are inappropriate and subject to punishments. The practice of these values are truly the work of the school, and the determination of speech properly rests with
This case involves students from Central High School in Bristol, Virginia. Suzie had a boyfriend named Cyrus and they broke up. Cyrus had sent some of the most revealing photos to the upper class man. Suzie’s parents contacted the school principal. So the principal asked the security officer to frisk Cyrus for his phone. After they frisked Cyrus and didn’t find the phone, the principal went to Cyrus’ locker and found Cyrus’ cell phone. Finding the photos on his phone, Principal Sheevers suspended Cyrus for two weeks. Cyrus ended up suing the school district and the principal on the grounds that both his First and Fourth Amendment rights have been violated. The Bristol School District was found not guilty in both Virginia State Court and Federal District Court. The Supreme Court has agreed to grant Cyrus a Writ of Certiorari and hear the cases, as it is similar to
Freedom of expression is one of the laws the forefathers of America made to empower its citizens and it also enables them to live in peace amongst themselves. In most Countries around the world freedom of expressions does not exist so there is always confusion in those countries. In the article titled “Why the First Amendment (and Journalism) Might Be in Trouble”, the authors, Ken Dautrich, chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut and John Bare who is the vice president for strategic planning and evaluation at the Arthur M. Blank Family foundation in Atlanta, employed claim of policy, claim of fact and also appeal to pathos in writing the article.