Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tinker v. Des Moines Lives On

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision, "Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District," which states that high school students have the right to wear symbols on their clothing while at school to protest or support an issue. This video, featuring the plaintiff Mary Beth Tinker, offers background on the case:

When the case was brought forty years ago, the issue in question was students wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War. Today, as depicted in this ACLU video, students are using the Tinker precedent to support their right to sport rainbow-laden paraphernalia at school:


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