Tinker vs. Des Moines

Tinker vs. Des Moines

The Tinkers display their armbands.

Tinker vs. Des Moines is the Supreme Court ruling that allowed students in public schools to protest the war as long as their chosen method of protest did not disrupt the classroom. It began when Mary Beth Tinker and her brother, John, decided to wear black arbmands to school in Des Moines, Iowa. They were told by school officials to remove the armbands. When the Tinkers refused, they were suspended. Their case made it to the Supreme Court, with the court ruling 7-2 in favor of the students.