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Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District - Significance, Related Cases, Student Protests, 1964-1967, Further Readings

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Petitioners

John P. Tinker, Mary Beth Tinker, Christopher Eckhardt

Respondent

Des Moines Independent Community School District

Petitioners' Claim

That it was a violation of free speech rights for their high school to suspend them for wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioners

Dan Johnston

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Allan A. Herrick

Justices for the Court

William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas (writing for the Court), Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Hugo Lafayette Black, John Marshall Harlan II

Place

Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

24 February 1969

Decision

The Supreme Court struck down the school regulation that resulted in the suspension.

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