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Morse v. Frederick (2007) is the most recent of the U.S. Supreme Court's four cases on the free speech rights of K-12 students. In Morse, the Court upheld the authority of educators to discipline a student who displayed a banner at a school event that promoted illegal drug use.

Facts of the Case

The dispute in Morse arose when a principal suspended a high school student who, with friends, displayed a 14-foot banner reading “BONG HiTS [sic] 4 JESUS” as they watched the winter Olympics torch relay pass through Juneau, Alaska. The principal had allowed students and staff, who supervised the activity, to leave class to watch the relay as an approved social event. Although the student had not made it to school that day due to ...

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