The Rights of Teens in Highschools

By. James Abernathy

This Project is going to go threw and list several ways that as teenagers our rights are being stripped of us a students at public highschools
Imagine Dragons - Polaroid (Lyric Video)

Polaroid - Imagine Dragons (2015)

My Opinion - The reason I chose this song is because if you view it from the eyes of a public high school student at school and direct it towards the adults and teachers at the school its as if the student is being restricted and told what to do as if the adults are perfect


Fact - in the supreme court case of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District (1969) the supreme court ruled that high schools had the right to restrict our freedom of speech up to a point. they rulled that we can expresses our self aslong as it dosnt dirupt class, disrupt school activities, or invade the rights of others its okay, but whose there to enforce what is truly disrupting class. one of the things that they are using this ruling on in school dress codes.

Imagine Dragons - Underdog

Underdog - Imagine Dragons

My Opinion - The reason I chose this song was because as a student I always feel like I'm getting the short end of the stick or as if I am always the underdog in the fight of civil rights.


Fact - In the Supreme Court case Ingraham Vs. Wright(1977), the supreme court ruled that schools have the right to use corporal punishment is the locality allowed it. This means that if I have a disagreement with a teacher and I get sent to a disciplinary for insubordination I can under go physical punishment that has the intent to cause pain, all because i tried to express my opinion

Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It (Official Video)

We're not gonna take it - Twisted Sister (1984)

My Opinion - I believe that this song represents the student body when we are asking for the basics but receive nothing.


Fact - We as Americans have the right to deny a search without a warrant but as is in the case of New jersey v. T.L.O. we students are subjected to random searches and searches with a proper cause.

Michael Jackson - Black Or White

Black or White - Michael Jackson (1991)

My opinion - This song represents the look from a teens view as a student that it doesn't matter about age or position we should all abide by the same rules and be treated the same.


Fact - In the case of Kent v. United States, if a teen is accountable for committing a serious crime then the teen may be tried as a adult but yet still treated as if a child.

Michael Jackson - They Don't Care About Us

They don't care about us - Michael Jackson (1996)

My opinion - It is in my belief that the political side of the school system is that the teachers don't actually care about their students unless it controls there pay.


Fact - in the case of Hazelwood school district v, Kuhlmeier the schools can control what the students post in the school newspaper simply because the teachers don't like it

Drake - My Side (Lyrics)

My side - Drake (2015)

My opinion - This song represents the students who feel as if they are unheard because the slip up when they are expected to act like adults but get treated like children.


Fact - There is several minor cases ruling that students do not throw away there rights when they enter school yet the school has several ways of doing that on there own weather it is capitol punishment or punishment that can ruin a kids record and his chances at college.

Justin Bieber - Love Yourself (PURPOSE : The Movement)

Love yourself - Justin Bieber (2015)

My opinion - i believe that this song represents the topic of controlling teen rights in schools and believe they need to be separated to only be controlled by the people who control the rights of the american people.


Fact - In this matter of the control of teen rights in high school is very present in the case of Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier after the school basically reprimands the first amendment which is freedom to the press,

Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Audio)

Don't stop Believing - journey (1981)

My opinion - i believe this song is a representative of how students are put threw the school system and told to act like adults while being treated as if we were children.


Fact - In the past 2 years (2016 - 2014) there have been over 20 "rallys" where students were protesting schools for there unjust system of equality, one of which was a high school rally at Marquette on May 21, 2015

Imagine Dragons - On Top Of The World (Official Music Video)

On top of the world now - Imagine Dragons (2012)

My opinion - I chose this song because it reminds me of all the trials and troubles people are going to have to fight threw to get rights for teens in high schools.


Fact - in the case of Tinker v. Des moines Independent School District two students were suspended for protesting and were no longer allowed to do it, after the case went to the supreme court they ruled in favor of the students saying we have the right to express our self up to a point.

Fun.: Some Nights [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Some Nights - Fun (2012)

My opinion - i chose this song for two reasons the first is that the lyrics represent all of us who are trying to fight for our rights but cant find the way to do it, the second is that the song has 4-5 voices at all times which represents the teen voice as we stand together.


Fact - As a american teenager we may not be adults but we have the basic rights of an american so we have the right to protest the schools till we get the basic rights we deserve like described in the book Young activists : american high school students in the age of protests