Tinker v. Des Moines' majority is read by Mary Beth Tinker, one of the students at the center of this case. The concurrences and dissents are read by Emma Camp, a rising senior at the University of Virginia.
Legal Question: Whether the wearing of armbands by public school students as a form of symbolic speech is protected by the First Amendment.
Action: The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the students' right to wear the armbands, overruling the Eighth Circuit.
Mr. Justice Fortas delivered the opinion of the Court, at 00:58
Mr. Justice Stewart, concurring, at 26:49
Mr. Justice White, concurring, at 27:38
Mr. Justice Black, dissenting, at 28:10
Mr. Justice Harlan, dissenting, at 47:42
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