The Supreme Court Case of Brentwood Academy v. Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association

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Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association
Throughout the years, many Amendments to the Constitution have been created. The first Ten Amendments, the Bill of Rights, were added to the Constitution in 1791. These Amendments guaranteed citizens certain privileges that the government could not take away. The First Amendment guarantees U.S. citizen’s five equally important rights. First, it gives us the freedom to criticize the government openly. Second, it prevents us from being forced to print only what the government wants in the newspaper. Third, the First Amendment inhibits the government from establishing an official religion. Fourth, it allows us to come together publicly or privately, in order to form political groups with different ideas. Finally, it allows citizens to ask the government to change by collecting signatures and petitioning. The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution to protect our rights as U.S. citizens. In the court case Brentwood Academy v. Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, Brentwood Academy felt their rights were not protected and took legal action for infringement of the First Amendment. This long-standing court case had me asking the question, “Is it acceptable for high schools to recruit potential athletes?” The conflict between Brentwood Academy, a private school in Brentwood, Tennessee, and the TSSAA, an administration that oversees TN high school athletes, began in 1997. It all started when…

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