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Fister v. Minnesota New Country School



William Timothy Fister, guardian and parent on behalf of Mary Fister


Minnesota New Country School

Appellant's Claim

That the Eighth District Court erred in its ruling for the appellee, and that the school had denied the student her First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

Circuit Judges

Pasco M. Bowman, Roger L. Wollman, Morris Sheppard Arnold


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Decision

11 May 1998


The court found that the disciplinary action taken by the school did not restrict the First Amendment rights of Mary Fister, and so upheld the ruling of the district court.

Related Cases

  • Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969).
  • Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988).

Further Readings

  • "Expelled for a Year for Posting a Letter," http://www.gac.edu/~mfister/.
  • Fister v. Minnesota New Country School, No. 97-2596, http://www.wulaw.wustl.edu/8th.cir/Opinions.

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