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Students celebrate free speech


Iowa City (KWWL) - Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District.

The case came about after three Des Moines students decided to wear black armbands with peace symbols to school in protest of the Vietnam War.

After hearing about the students' plans, the school board announced it was banning the armbands. The students took their freedom of speech argument all the way to the Supreme Court which ruled in favor of the students on February 24, 1969.

On Tuesday, Iowa City students at West High commemorated the anniversary by wearing replica armbands. Students at the school newspaper understand the importance of first amendment rights inside school walls

"As long as it's not obscene, we can basically support our view and we don't take that for granted so what we do say we want it to be important and have journalistic value," West High senior, Jenna Broghamer said.

Iowa city west was one of many schools across the country who bought the armbands. All proceeds go to the Newspaper Press Association for high school journalists.

Online Producer: Maria Magner

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