ERIC Number: ED154381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Student Freedom of Expression: A Limited First Amendment Right. Research Bulletin, Vol. 1, No. 3.
Mundt, Whitney R.
The Supreme Court has ruled in several cases that schools must formulate rules and regulations that do not infringe on a student's right to free and unrestricted expression as guaranteed to them under the First Amendment. In two separate cases, the Court decided that students may wear buttons or armbands that express a particular position on an issue, and in a third case, that students may refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance for religious reasons. Other court decisions, however, place the following limitations on students' freedom of expression: the state action rather than the private action must be the subject of the complaint; substantial disorder is not permitted in exercising First Amendment rights; school officials can restrict expression if the activity involved is an instructional exercise; and the age of a student is a factor in determining what constitutes appropriate expression. Other cases, presently pending in the courts, will further clarify the definition of student rights. (MAI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge.