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Unformatted text preview: First Amendment. School environments imply limitations on free expression, but here the principals lacked justification for imposing any such limits. The principals had failed to show that the forbidden conduct would substantially interfere with appropriate school discipline. IV. Reasons (by Justice Fortas) a. Justice Abe Fortas wrote the majority opinion, holding that the speech regulation at issue in Tinker was "based upon an urgent wish to avoid the controversy which might result from the expression, even by the silent symbol of armbands, of opposition to this Nation's part in the conflagration in Vietnam," and, finding that the actions of the Tinkers in wearing armbands did not cause disruption, held that their activity represented constitutionally protected symbolic speech. b. Legal doctrines V. Dissent reasons VI. Concurring reasons Notes...
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- Spring '10
- First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, Des Moines school district, John Tinker, armbands