First Amendment Freedom

Jordan Cramer

The First Amendment is a right given to us by our American fore-fathers. Our first Amendment grants us certain freedoms that cannot be taken from us.

During The Tinker v. Des Moines case, the Des Moines school district violated the student’s right to free expression. This caused over two dozen kids to receive a suspension. What caused the case to reach as far as the Supreme Court was nothing more than an armband and angry families.

Justice Abe Fortas declared, “Neither students nor teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

In another incident, during the Broussard v. School Board of Norfolk, A student was disciplined for wearing a t-shirt saying “drugs suck.” It was later overturned in court.

Amara Prohm said, “People should always have the right to express their thought through clothing.