Students, the Supreme Court ruled in Tinker v. Des Moines, do not "shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gates." However, the court has also found that students, as minors in the public educational system, are subject to certain limits on these rights. When student expression disrupts a school's ability to educate and maintain a safe, orderly environment, the courts tend to find that the school is within its rights to censor and discipline.
Because of the delicate nature of the balance between the government's interest in providing education and the students' constitutional rights, this issue frequently comes before the courts.
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