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Gabe-T This court case was entirely related to the 1st amendment and freedom of speech. It changed the interpretation of the constitution to limit the free speech of students regarding illegal drugs.
Gabe-T In my opinion the court's ruling was fair because the student’s sign went against the school’s policy. However, I do not believe that these limitations of student rights should be taken to an extreme.
Gabe-T This case is still important today because it contributed to a precedent of the limitation of student's rights: a topic which is controversial and debated to this day.
Gabe-T Frederick sued the school on the grounds that they violated his first amendment rights of freedom of expression.
Gabe-T The first case, in district court, was won by Morse. It was appealed by Frederick to the court of appeals, where it was won by Frederick. Then, it was appealed to the Supreme Court by Morse.
Gabe-T The argument for the appellant (Morse) was that Frederick's suspension was fair on the grounds that he violated the school's policy against the promotion of illegal drugs.
Gabe-T The argument for the respondent (Frederick) was that Morse violated his right to the freedom of expression through his suspension.
Gabe-T On June 25, 2007, in a 5-4 ruling written by John G. Roberts, the court ruled in favor of Deborah Morse, the principal.
Gabe-T When Frederick refused to drop the sign, the principal, Morse, gave Frederick 10 days of detention on the grounds that he violated the school's anti-drug policy.
Gabe-T During a school event where students were watching the Olympic Torch Relay, student Joseph Frederick held up a banner with the phrase “Bong Hits 4 Jesus.”