Bill of rights amendment 1

Franklin Agwagom, B.3, 12/11/14

What is the definition of the first amendment of the bill of rights?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Franklin Agwagom v. Mansfield Independent School.

In April 2013, Franklin Agwagom got arrested for calling the superintendent of the school district an awful leader and that he should be fired. The supreme court declared Franklin not guilty, stating that the First Amendment allows him to legally do that.

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District (1969).

In December 1965, Chris Eckhardt, John Tinker, Mary Tinker wore black armbands to school in Des Moines, Iowa, to protest the war in Vietnam. School officials told them to remove the armbands, and they refused, so they were suspended (John, 15, from North High; Chris, 16, from Roosevelt High; and Mary, 13, from Warren Harding Junior High). With their parents, they sued the school district, claiming a violation of their First Amendment right of freedom of speech. The Supreme Court sided with the students. "Shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate," the Court said. The Court did not, however, grant students an unlimited right to self-expression. They said that the First Amendment guarantees must be balanced with a school's need to keep order.

Work cited

Jacobs, Tom, TJ. "10 Supreme Court Cases Every Teen Should Know." Ny times. Ny times, 15 Sept. 2008. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.

Leavitt, Amie Jane., AL. "1." The Bill of Rights in Translation: What It Really Means. Mankato, MN: Capstone, 2009. 1-32. Print.