Interview: John Tinker & The Landmark Case On Students' Right To Free Speech

Apr 17, 2014

John Tinker
Credit Rachel Otwell/WUIS
Public schools are not allowed to forbid students' right to freedom of speech, unless it disrupts education. But that wasn't necessarily true until a court case from Iowa made its way to the Supreme Court back in the 60s. John Tinker was behind the case, known as Tinker v. Des Moines. He and other students went to school wearing black arm bands to protest the Vietnam War. They were kicked out and told not to come back to class unless they removed the bands and the rest as they say, is history. Tinker recently visited UIS to talk about the landmark case and his views on the importance of the first amendment. We joined up with him for this chat:


 You can see Tinker's website, that he calls an 'Encyclopedia of Current Events' here.