The First Amendment in School

It “can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate” (Tinker v. Des Moines, 1969)

What are your rights … in school?  While USM is a private school, and rights are much more limited, it’s important to know how the courts both protect and limit students’ rights. Plus, it’s fun.  So, for your assigned case …

  • Read the basic overview or facts of the case AND the Court that heard the case.
  • Determine the First Amendment issue involved in the case and the specific question that is being addressed by the Court.
  • Find the actual decision of the Court and summarize it one or two complete sentences on your paper.
  • Determine if this is an example of a student’s rights being protected or limited.

The cases:

Like learning about this stuff?  Want more?  Check out …

Teens Rights and Responsibilities – parts of the book on Google Books

Banned in School – a personal website, but  a pretty comprehensive overview of First Amendment issues in school today