High School Students Should Be Allowed For Wearing Red Ribbons, A Symbol For Aids Awareness

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1.) Should high school students be allowed to wear red ribbons, a symbol for aids awareness, on school property? The first amendment rights are available to teachers and students. Students and teachers do not shed their constitutional rights of freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate. Tinker v. Des Moines, 89 S.Ct. 733 (1969). Therefore, high school students should be allowed to wear red ribbons in support of aids awareness on school property; so long as such silent, passive expression of opinion do not materially and substantially disrupt the work and discipline of the school, or offends the rights of other students. Moreover, schools should not prohibit students from exercising their First Amendment rights because of the school fear or apprehension of disruption that may occur from such expressions. Freedom of expression would not truly exist if the right could be exercised only in an area that a benevolent government has provided as a safe haven for crackpots. Id. Attending high schools should be more than just exposing students to a structured curriculum. High school should also be a place where students are allowed to think outside of the box. Schools should inspire creativity, sparks curiosity, and fuels ambition.
Wearing red ribbons in support of aids awareness could be viewed as a creative silent, passive expression, which could spark curiosity and fuel ambition among the students. Many great humanitarian movements were started by a
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