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Kate Anderson Becker Honors English XI 12 February 2020 Tinker v. Des Moines In December of 1965 a group of high school students wore black armbands to school to protest the war in Vietnam. Among these students was Mary Beth Tinker, a thirteen-year-old junior high student. Upon arriving at school on December sixteenth she was asked to remove the armband, she and four other students refused to remove the armband and were all suspended until they agreed to not wear the black armband at school. The students who were suspended filed a lawsuit against the school to fight for their first amendment rights. The students were not being disruptive or harmful to other students by wearing the armbands but they could not return to school with them, after Christmas break the students returned to school wearing all black clothing. They continued to wear the black clothes until the end of the school year. After a four-year court battle that ended up as a landmark Supreme Court case the court ruled in favor of the students on February twenty-fourth 1969. Justice Abe Fortas

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