The Importance Of The Conformity Of Uniforms

1492 WordsNov 30, 20176 Pages
I researched how the conformity of uniforms in schools have violated a number of First Amendment rights. The First Amendment of the United States was ratified, on December 15, 1791. It promises protection for all to express their individual freedoms of religion, speech, press, the right of assembly, and the right of petition. These terms back in 1791 were not distinguished. Even now in the 21st Century the words remain subjective to ongoing interpretation and debate. The placement of uniforms in schools can discriminate against gender equality, as well as one’s sexual orientation, political views, and religion. The First Amendment was put in place to grant these individual freedoms, yet students are expected to conform to school policies regardless of their own beliefs. An example of this violation would be Tinker v. Des Moines. In this court case students from a school in Des Moines, Iowa were threatened with suspension if they went through with a plan to silently protest the war in Vietnam. The students involved were denied their right to peacefully assemble. It is stated in the First Amendment that 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. The children who were suspended for proceeding with the plan of peaceful protest sued the school district through their parents for a violation of their First Amendment rights. In the District Court the judge ruled in favor of the school district, claiming the school’s actions were fair to maintain school discipline. Their ruling, however was reversed in the Supreme Court when it was asked if the prohibition of a form of symbolic protest, violated the students' freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment? I will be using this court case to address current issues that also violate or at least put a restriction on a student’s First Amendment rights in schools. The definition of conformity is the compliance or acquiescence of obedience. Conformity is encouraged with a high level of visual similarity among members of
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