Morse V. Morse's First Amendment Rights

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I. Issue: Morse vs. Frederick, 2002; Frederick, a high school senior, hung a banner saying: “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” at a school supervised activity. Morse, the principal, suspended him for 10 days saying the banner promoted illegal drug use to those attending the school supervised activity. Frederick sued Morse saying his First Amendment rights were violated. Issue: Does the First Amendment allow public school to prohibit students from displaying banners with messages promoting use of illegal drugs at school supervised activities? II. Rule: The Court held 5-4 that no the First Amendment does not prevent educators from suppressing, at or across the street from a school-supervised event, student speech that is reasonably viewed as promoting
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