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Help the 'Tinker Tour' Educate Students About Free Speech - FIRE
It’s not every day that a free speech icon goes on a bus tour, but Mary Beth Tinker of the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969) is planning on doing just that. Mary Beth was just 13 years old when she—along with her brother John Tinker and his classmate Christopher Eckhardt—began defending in court their right to wear black armbands to school to protest the Vietnam War. With its decision in this case, the Supreme Court established that the First Amendment protects student speech even in the secondary school context as long as the speech does not …