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Tinker et al. V. Des Moines Independent Community School District, et al., 1969

Tinker and several students were suspended for wearing black arm bands in protest of the Vietnam War. The school argues that it had an interest in limiting free speech to preserve the peace at school because the arm bands could provoke retaliation.

The Supreme Court didn't buy the argument noting specifically that the protest was peaceful and passive, and that the threat of some theoretical disturbance was insufficient grounds to suspend the First Amendment, noting that virtually any spoken word in class might provoke or offend someone. The court ruled that "in our system, state operated schools may not be the enclaves of totalitarianism. School officials do not possess absolute authority over their students"

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Q: What supreme court case stresses that a students first amendment rights to free speech do not stop at the schoolhouse door?
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