chapter  1
Tinker, et al. v. Des Moines Independent Community School District
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In mid-December of 1965, students across the country were eagerly looking forward to the upcoming holidays and their school vacations. In Des Moines, Iowa, several students were also anticipating another upcom­ ing activity. On December 16, 1965, Mary Beth Tinker, a 13-year old stu­ dent at Harding Junior High School and Christopher Eckhardt, a 15-year old sophomore at Roosevelt High, were among those who wore black arm­ bands in support of a Christmas truce in the Vietnam War. They were sent home and ultimately suspended from school. The next day, Mary Beth’s 15-year old brother, John, wore a black armband to Morth High School. He, too, was suspended.