Tinker v. Des Moines Viewing Guide Answer Key
- Why did the Tinker family take the school district to court? The Tinker siblings were banned from wearing black arm bands to school in protest of the Vietnam War and were threatened with suspension or expulsion if the students did not comply.
- Who took on the case for Tinker and what did he argue? Attorney Dan Johnston argued that the school district’s policy violated the First Amendment rights of students.
- Why did the school district argue it could prevent students from wearing black armbands? The school district argued wearing the armbands were disruptive and outweighed any First Amendment rights the students had.
- What did the Supreme Court rule in 1969 in the Tinker case? In a 7-2 decision, the Court ruled that the student’s First Amendment rights were violated by the policy.
- Do you agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling? Why? Opinion – answers may vary.
- Do you think the Court settled the issue of free speech and expression at school? Students should note that future cases established boundaries on free speech and expression at school.