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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

From Tinker to Morse: Students Do Leave Their First Amendment Rights at the Schoolhouse Gates

This paper explores studentsí rights to freedom of speech in American schools by first starting with the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines in 1969. The next case that is looked at is Bethel v. Fraser in 1986. Following is the case Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier in 1988. The paper concludes with a more recent case Morse v. Frederick in 2007. This paper examines the shift in attitudes about student freedom of speech in school by showing how students were granted the right in 1969, but in the following cases were denied the right. For each case, the paper shows the majority opinion, as well as the dissenting arguments. Also included is opinions from historians regarding each case.

Presenter: Emily Thompson (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 127 Hartwell
Time: 9:40 am (Session I)