Case Summary: Tinker v. Des Moines School District (1969) (Middle School Level)

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10/22/2020

Case issue: Does a rule prohibiting the wearing of armbands in a public school as a form of symbolic speech violate the students’ First Amendment freedom of speech protections?

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