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Read the excerpt below.Excerpt from the Supreme Court decision Morse v. Frederick

 (2007)

Our cases make clear that students do not "shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School Dist., 393 U. S. 503, 506 (1969). At the same time, we have held . . . that the rights of students "must be 'applied in light of the special characteristics of the school environment.'" Hazelwood School Dist. v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U. S. 260, 266 (1988) (quoting Tinker, supra, at 506).

Consistent with these principles, we hold that schools may take steps to safeguard those entrusted to their care from speech that can reasonably be regarded as encouraging illegal drug use. We conclude that the school officials in this case did not violate the First Amendment by confiscating the pro-drug banner and suspending the student responsible for it.


Morse v. Frederick 551 U.S. 393 (2007). Supreme Court. Web.

This Supreme Court decision ruled on whether a school could prevent students from displaying a banner that promoted illegal drug use at a school event.


  • How did past cases shape the Court's judicial review of the school's actions?
  • Be sure to provide details and examples in your response, including:
  • A description of the constitutional issue involved in the case;
  • An explanation of the meaning of the Supreme Court decision; and
  • An analysis of the impact of Tinker v. Des Moines and Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier on the decision.

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