Mary Beth Tinker Visits North

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A presentation at North High School emphasized students’ rights, the first amendment and learning to converse with respect, integrity and kindness.

Nearly a half-century ago in Des Moines Iowa, 13-year-old Mary Beth Tinker was among several students who wore black armbands to school to protest the Vietnam War and call for a Christmas truce. The students were suspended from school and court battles ensued until it was finally settled in favor of the students in the landmark Supreme Court case, Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent School District (1969).

Mary Beth Tinker recently shared her experience and the legacy of the Supreme Court decision with juniors at North. The students had opportunities to ask Ms. Tinker questions and gain important insight as to how her case and others similar to it have impacted their rights on school grounds.