Students' Rights Essay

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In the constitution we the people are guaranteed certain rights. Those rights include life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These are guaranteed to the people as long as we follow the laws of the land. There are twenty-seven amendments to the United States constitution. The most important one in my opinion, is the first one. It states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” (Constitutional Topic: Student Rights - The U.S. Constitution Online - USConstitution.net). Although these rights apply to everyone,…show more content…
The Tinker’s took this to court saying that it violated their first amendment rights. They appealed it all the way up to the Supreme Court. And the court ruled that students hardly shed the constitutional rights when they step inside school building. In addition schools cannot deny students freedom of speech. I completely agree with this ruling, some students in high schools are 18. Also, they have voting rights, they can go to war, and they can be charged as adults for any crime. Yet these students can’t say what they want to because they are in a school. They have the right to die for their country but they can’t say what they want. It doesn’t make sense as why the rules restrict so much that is unnecessary. Also teens are some of the most active protestors and probably one of the more involved age groups involved in what they believe. The Supreme Court once said, “It is… this kind of openness … that is the basis of our National Strength and of the independence and vigor of Americans” (Cary 27). America was built on people who stood up against “the man” and so my logic is that students should have the same rights in schools to get what they want out of their education. As to any freedom, there are limitations. Such as in the real world, if one was to say they were going to harm someone, then they would be in
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