MORSE v. FREDERICK

FACTS

At a school-supervised event, Joseph Frederick held up a banner “ Bong Hits 4 Jesus” but he was asked to put it down by the principal Deborah Morse for promoting illegal drug use. After he refused to take it down, the principal took it down and he was suspended from school for 10 days.

ISSUE

Does the First Amendment allow public schools to prohibit students from displaying messages promoting the use of illegal drugs at school-supervised events?

PRECEDENT

The Court ruled that school officials can prohibit students from displaying messages that promote illegal drug use.

HISTORIC SIGNIFICANT

In ruling for Morse, the Court affirmed that the speech rights of public school students are not as extensive as those adults normally enjoy, and that the highly protective standard set by Tinker would not always be applied
Bong Hits 4 Jesus

MODERN SIGNIFICANT

This case does not have relevant case recently. However, it has restricted the speech right of student down so that students would not promote illegal activity or racism in school. Example: ban students to wear shirts with picture of gun or drugs.

FUTURE SIGNIFICANT

From preventing speech right of students in school from displaying the use of illegal drugs or illegal activity, it will help to stop spreading those illegal activities in school. However others argue right speech of student is too limited.