Was not a matter of freedom of speech but a matter of

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was not a matter of freedom of speech but a matter of safety, many, opposed to the majority opinion, believed that these kids were purposefully acting out, and against the school’s authority. My opinion is: The Supreme Court, the majority opinion retained the clearest logic and legitimacy. Although the students
may have acted rashly, overall the school had no right to strip the children of their black bands, as this strips them of their right to show what they believe in, what their opinions are, and, of course, their freedom. As the majority opinion states, “Students in school, as well as out of school, are "persons" under our Constitution. They are possessed of fundamental rights which the State must respect.” I know that some, just as the dissent did, will disagree with this opinion; as the dissent believed that it was reasonable to prevent the disturbances by holding the school’s discipline; they believed that “any word spoken, in class, in the lunchroom, or on the campus, that deviates from the views of another person may start an argument or cause a disturbance.” However, the school officials “ fail to yield evidence that the school authorities had reason to anticipate that the wearing of the armbands would substantially interfere with the work of the school or impinge upon the rights of other students.” There was no evidence that the students would cause anything more than discomfort for holding “an unpopular viewpoint.” And finally, There are many other expressions such as the Iron cross, or the symbol of Nazism, that many other children whore in other public schools. The demands that the kids should not be wearing the black bands would only be the start of forbidding of expressions in a school setting altogether. The major opinion was correct in claiming that the armbands should be permitted on the public school’s grounds, however unpleasant it may make the school feel; it is the freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of choice which are on the student's side.

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