In the midst of the controversial Vietnam War, a handful of middle and high school students chose to protest the war through the wearing of black armbands. Their suspension led to a Supreme Court case that would change how speech functions in public schools.

Do public school students have a right to free expression? Prof. Nadine Strossen of New York Law School discusses the case that started it all, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District.


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Related Links & Differing Views:

Virginia Law Review: “The Great Unfilled Promise of Tinker

Iowa Law Review: On the 50th Anniversary of Tinker v. Des Moines: Toward a Positive View of Free Speech on College Campuses”

Drake Law Review: “Behind the Scenes in Iowa’s Greatest Case”

SCOTUSblog: “Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: Kelly Shackelford on Symbolic Speech”