Happy 50th Birthday to Students’ Free Speech Rights!

Credit: Molly Kaplan/ACLU

By Molly Tack-Hooper, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Pennsylvania

On February 24, 1969 — almost exactly 50 years ago — the Supreme Court decided that public school students’ free speech rights don’t disappear when they go to school.

That ruling grew out of John and Mary Beth Tinker’s decision to wear black armbands with peace signs to their public school…

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