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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Ind. Decisions - "Seventh Circuit Reaffirms High School Students’ Rights to Wear 'Be Happy, Not Gay' T-Shirts"

The case, out of Illinois, is Zamecnik v. Indian Prairie School Dist. #204. Prof. Eugene Volokh writes about it here today in the Volokh Conspiracy. A quote from Volokh:

So it’s a mild win for student speech in K-12 schools, though given Tinker any broader wins would be unlikely.
See also this ILB entry from Feb. 22, 2009, mentioning both Tinker and the 7th Circuit's decision in Hosty v. Carter.

Note that tomorrow, March 2, 2011:

High school students from around the state will gather at the Indiana Statehouse to attend the First Amendment Symposium on March 2.

The fifth annual symposium, hosted by the Indiana High School Press Association, celebrates the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.

The event will last from 4 to 7 p.m. in the North Atrium, a location IHSPA Executive Director Diana Hadley calls “a neat place to celebrate the First Amendment.” * * *

The event includes a different keynote speaker every year. Past speakers include Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Mary Beth Tinker, who is known for the 1969 Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines. The case set a standard for students’ First Amendment rights.

John Krull, director of the Pulliam School of Journalism and former executive director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, will speak at the event this year.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 1, 2011 06:02 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions