Minersville School District v. Gobitis

PETITIONER:Minersville School District
RESPONDENT:Walter Gobitis et al.
LOCATION: Minersville School District

DOCKET NO.: 690
DECIDED BY: Hughes Court (1940-1941)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

ARGUED: Apr 25, 1940
DECIDED: Jun 03, 1940

ADVOCATES:
George K. Gardner – for the respondents
Joseph W. Henderson – for the petitioners
Joseph F. Rutherford – for the respondents

Facts of the case

Lillian and William Gobitas were discharged from the school in Pennsylvania for their disagree to congratulate the state flag as a part of a daily lesson`s practice. The Gobitas pupils profess the Jehovah`s Witnesses belief under which such action was prohibited accordingly to the Biblical prescriptions. Moreover, the main part of the population in the state was of Catholics, who were hostile to representatives of this other religious belief. Thus, after the accident, the children of Gobitas suffered from teasing and attacking from other pupils. After that, the school council decided to exclude Lillian and William.