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Tinker v. Des Moines was basically the court case that Iowa currentelly uses to define its policy on school publications and free speech. In December 1965, a group of students wore black armbands to school to protest the Viet Nam war. In response, the school asked them to remove the armbands or return home. In response, the students and their families took the school to court. It eventually eventually ended up in the supreme court where the court ruled that (and I’m paraphrasing here) “free speech did not end when students entered the school building.”


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