10 Supreme Court Cases Every Teen Should Know

Supreme Court Cases Every
Teen Should Know
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District
Year: 1969
Issue: Freedom of Speech at School
Bottom Line:You Have the Right To
Express Yourself—Up to a Point
New Jersey v. T.L.O.
Year: 1985
Issue:Privacy Rights at School
Bottom Line: Your Belongings
Can Be Searched,
But Not Arbitrarily
Ingraham v. Wright
Year: 1977
Issue: School Discipline
Bottom Line: Teachers Can Use Corporal
Punishment, If Your locality Allows It
States that Allow Corporal
Punishment in Schools
The nine states where the most children get hit in school:
1. Texas -- 51,170 students were struck by educators during the 2005-2006 school year.
2. Mississippi -- 38,214 students.
3. Alabama -- 34,097 students.
4. Arkansas -- 22,575 students.
5. Georgia -- 18,404 students.
6. Oklahoma -- 15,153 students.
7. Tennessee -- 14,901 students.
8. Louisiana -- 11,091 students.
9. Florida -- 7,303 students.
The nine states where the highest percentage of kids get hit in school:
1. Mississippi -- 7.5 percent of students were struck by educators during the 2005-2006 school year.
2. Arkansas -- 4.7 percent of students.
3. Alabama -- 4.5 percent of students.
4. Oklahoma -- 2.3 percent of students.
5. Louisiana -- 1.7 percent of students.
6. Tennessee -- 1.5 percent of students.
7. and 8. (tie) Georgia and Texas -- 1.1 percent of students in each state.
9. Missouri -- 0.6 percent of students.
Santa Fe Independent School District v. Jane Doe
Year: 2000
Issue: School Prayer
Bottom Line: Public schools Cannot Sponsor
Religious Activity
Kent v. United States
Year: 1966
Issue: Juveniles and Serious Crime
Bottom Line: Teens Can Be Tried as Adults
Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeir
Year: 1988
Issue: Student Journalism and the First
Bottom Line: Schools Can Censor Student
Vernonia School District v. Acton
Year: 1995
Issue: Student Athletes and Drug Testing
Bottom Line: Schools Can Require It
West Side Community Schools v. Mergens
Year: 1990
Issue: Student clubs
Bottom Line:Public Schools That Allow Student-interest Clubs
Cannot Exclude Religious or political ones
Grutter v. Bollinger
Year: 2003
Issue: Affirmative Action in College
Bottom Line: Colleges Can Use Race as a
Factor in Admissions
Deshaney v. Winnebago County School Services
Year: 1989
Issue: Constitutional Rights at Home
Bottom Line: The Constitution Doesn't Protect Kids from Their
United States v. Virginia
Year: 1996
Issue: Gender Equality in College
Bottom Line: Single-sex public colleges are
almost always unconstitutional.
Safford Unified School District v.
April Redding
Year: 2009
Issue: Privacy Rights At School
Bottom Line: The Court made it harder for schools
to conduct strip searches.
Board of Education v. Earls
Year: 2002
Issue: Drug testing for extracurricular activities.
Bottom Line: Schools can require it.
Brown v. Entertainment Merchants
Year: 2011
Issue: Video Games and Minors
Bottom Line: Violent video games are protected