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Tinker v Des Moines School District

Shame On the U.S. Supreme Court for Making a Mockery of the First Amendment

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.19.2017 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

All the justices had to do was right a 60-year wrong that made it illegal to exercise one's First Amendment rights on the Supreme Court plaza.

Former Student Who Was Suspended for Posting Violent Rap Song Online Loses His Appeal to the Fifth Circuit

Student Press Law Center | Posted 08.21.2016 | Education
Student Press Law Center

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled in favor of a Mississippi school district in a First Amendment case where a former high school student was punished for posting online a profanity-filled rap about two school coaches.

Federal Appeals Court Hears Case Over Student's Suspension for Posting a Profane Rap Video Online

Student Press Law Center | Posted 05.15.2016 | Education
Student Press Law Center

Off-campus speech that students share on the Internet must have heightened protection from school disciplinary authority to keep whistle-blowers and rap artists safe from punishment, an attorney for a suspended Mississippi high school student told appellate judges Tuesday.

This Day in History in 1969: Tinker v. Des Moines Case Wins Free Speech Rights for Students

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

Since Tinker, three Supreme Court rulings have cut back on the speech rights of students. But the basic precedent of Tinker remains -- that students do have free speech rights in public schools.

Private Lives, Public Surveillance

Alex Palombo | Posted 01.28.2013 | Education
Alex Palombo

While lawmakers fought over the economic and religious implications of hot topics like gay marriage, abortion, health care and cybersecurity, they were essentially deciding what level of privacy Americans should be entitled to under the law.

Students, MySpace and the First Amendment

Lyle Denniston | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

It has long appeared to be a basic legal principle that, while public school officials are the masters of their own domain, they generally do not have authority elsewhere -- unless they can show that off-campus activity directly implicates the operation of the schools.