Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

The case of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, according to ALA.org,  dealt with the First Amendment rights of students where students, John F. Tinker, Christopher Eckhardt, and Mary Beth Tinker, were expelled after they wore black armbands to school in symbolic protest of the Vietnam War, the Supreme Court held that students “do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate” and that the First Amendment protects public school students’ rights to express political and social views. This caught my attention because I’ve been involved with several student protest throughout my years in school as well as it’s relevance today.  Throughout the nation, student-athletes have taken the actions of Colin Kaepernick, and several other professional athletes, to their school’s sports program by kneeling during the National Anthem. Although the views of the students participating in the protest may not have reflected their schools view, they still have a constitutional right to participate thanks to Tinker v. Des Moines.

Another example of protests in schools are most recent because of the election and our new president elect, Donald Trump. At West High, just an hour and a half away in Iowa City, several student staged a sit-in against discrimination and hate after the presidential election.  This sit in was sparked because of racist comments made during the week of the election toward, Lujayn Hamad, and American citizen and student that wears a hijab. These protests in schools have spread across the nation as students set up walkouts because of racist comments that some students think are ok to say because of our president elect. Back home, in San Bruno,California, my junior college staged a walkout where most of the school walked out of their classes to congregate and protest the election on the soccer field.

The Supreme Court case of Tinker v. Des Moines has paved the way for school protest across the entire nation. Without this case ruling students right to free speech and to protest that is protected by the First Amendment, would have been taken away as soon as the set foot on campus.  This case has had a huge impact on my generation considering everything that has happened these past couple of years. Without it, our right to speak out against something we don’t believe in would’ve been wrongly stollen from myself, and the students of my generation.


Posted on November 21, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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