Can a Dress Code Fix It
Dress codes regulate what can be worn in certain places, such as schools and facilities. These codes are controversial where ever they are enforced. People tend to think that the government does not have the power to tell them they cannot wear certain articles of clothing and the fact that some schools do it can throw people into a fit. Some people believe that dress codes stifle personal expression, that a dress code is the same thing as a uniform. Many people do not remember that individualism goes beyond clothes, and that a dress code will help kids to be more than the clothes they have or do not have. Dress codes allow students to set themselves apart from others by their actions not their appearance.
One case in particular is brought up in court for a possible comparison, a possibility that an allusion could be between could be made between Tinker and whatever other case. In 1969 Tinker v. Des Moines I.C.S.D., three students were suspended from school for a form of visible protest. They showed their opposition of the Vietnam War by wearing black arm bands. The students said their first amendment right of expression had been violated, the Supreme Court agreed (Wilson 4). This is one of the only cases where the students are right and are standing for something bigger than themselves. There are many court cases that have shaped the rights of students and minors, one being Tinker, and another being Ginsberg v. New York. In Ginsberg v. New York it was decided that the state can restrict what minors can be subjected to, so that they are not subjected to anything obscene or unhealthy for minors (Wilson 4). If a student wears something that can be deemed obscene or vulgar, they are not protected by the First Amendment, because while they do have the right to "freely express" themselves on school campus, the school also has the right to govern them to make sure they are not being a disruption to the learning process ( Wilson 4&5). In court cases, the Court has "decreed" that an institution may not make any rules that get rid of freedom to expression, exceptions being rules against lewd or offensive messages (Wilson 8).
The school is given the power over the conduct of the student by Ginsberg v. New York (Wilson 4).While students have the constitutional right to govern their personal appearance, school officials have the right to intervene if they believe a disruption is being caused (8). Institutions may not make regulations that get rid of freedom of expression, but if they can justify the limitation then they may do so. By law there must be justification to limit student expression, such as vulgar speech (Wilson 5&8). Some regulations restricting speech rely what information is in the speech, while others focus on the possible results of a speech. Many regulations on speech focus on the appropriateness of the message, when it was given, where, how (3). The Supreme Court test the cases concerning First Amendment...