Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

PETITIONER:Tinker
RESPONDENT:Des Moines Independent Community School District
LOCATION:Des Moines Independent Community School District

DOCKET NO.: 21
DECIDED BY: Warren Court (1967-1969)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

CITATION: 393 US 503 (1969)
ARGUED: Nov 12, 1968
DECIDED: Feb 24, 1969

Facts of the case

In 1965 in the state of Iowa John Tinker and his sisters Mary Beth, Hope and Paul together with their friend Christopher Eckhardt met and agreed to wear the armbands of black color to the Des Moines school. They explained it as their demonstration against the War in Vietnam and as support so-called the Christmas Truce. The educational council was informed of this and enacted a rule not to allow children to dress the armband during the studying time. If the students didn`t adhere this rule, they were not admitted to come to school.< /p>