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 Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser

On April 26, 1983,

Matthew Fraser

delivered a sexually-explicit speech to his fellow students at Bethel High School, prompting disciplinary action from the administration.



After appealing the decision through the grievance procedures of his School, he was still found to be in violation of a school policy prohibiting obscene language. He was suspended for two days.



Fraser, claiming a violation of his First Amendment right to free speech, took his case to court.



Bethel School District No. 403 et al. v. Fraser et al. (478 U.S. 675) was fought all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and the Court determined that the School District's policy did not violate the First Amendment.



Chief Justice Burger delivered the Court's opinion. Justices Brennan and Blackmun delivered concurring opinions, while Marshall and Stevens dissented.



Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser (478 U.S. 675) is considered a significant decision in the arena of free-speech debate.

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The school principal or designee shall determine the time, place, and manner of student distribution of non-school materials. Legal References: A.C.A. §§ 6-18-1202, 1203, and 1204 Tinker v. Des Moines ISD, 393 U.S. 503 (1969) Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675 (1986) Hazelwood ...

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is vulgar or highly offensive in a given context (Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser);. ▫ advocates illegal drug use (Morse v. Frederick);. ▫ can be reasonably viewed to have the school's endorsement or approval if the school has a legitimate pedagogical concern in regulating the speech (Hazelwood ...
In a series of important cases—Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser (1986), Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988), and Morse v. Frederick (2007), the Supreme Court has chipped away at Tinker's commitment to a student's First Amendment rights. Significant questions remain as to whether and ...

Des Moines School District (1969), Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser (1986), and Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988). Tinker protected student free speech rights by outlining two key prongs of when schools could limit student speech. If the speech causes either a (1) material and ...
Des Moines School District (1969), Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser (1986), and Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988). Tinker protected student free speech rights by outlining two key prongs of when schools could limit student speech. If the speech causes either a (1) material and ...
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In Bethel v. Fraser (1986), the Court upheld the authority of a school to punish a high school student who gave a sexually suggestive speech at a school assembly. Schools have since banned and punished a wide range of speech deemed offensive; courts have often, though not always, rejected First ...
The Supreme Court addressed the question of civility in education in Bethel v. Fraser (1986). The case began with a one-minute speech at a high school assembly in which a student described a candidate he supported for student government office as “a man who is firm ... a man who takes his point and ...
Des Moines, 1969); 2) it is vulgar, lewd, profane, or plainly offensive (Bethel v. Fraser, 1986); 3) it is sponsored by the school and is inconsistent with the school's educational mission (Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, 1988); or 4) it advocates drug use (Morse v. Frederick, 2007). Though first in this line of cases, ...
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Later in his tenure, he dissented in both Bethel v. Fraser and Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier when the Court ruled against the student rights to freedom of speech and the press. To Marshall, every American deserves unrestricted rights enumerated in the First Amendment regardless of age, something even the ...
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is vulgar or highly offensive in a given context (Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser);. ▫ advocates illegal drug use (Morse v. Frederick);. ▫ can be reasonably viewed to have the school's endorsement or approval if the school has a legitimate pedagogical concern in regulating the speech (Hazelwood ...
In a series of important cases—Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser (1986), Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988), and Morse v. Frederick (2007), the Supreme Court has chipped away at Tinker's commitment to a student's First Amendment rights. Significant questions remain as to whether and ...
Des Moines School District (1969), Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser (1986), and Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988). Tinker protected student free speech rights by outlining two key prongs of when schools could limit student speech. If the speech causes either a (1) material and ...
When an Arizona student was critical of school administration on social media, an administrator asked the district's legal counsel if they could punish the student and search the student's cell phone. These questions, discussed during the recent Arizona School Boards Association Law Conference in ...
In Bethel v. Fraser (1986), the Court upheld the authority of a school to punish a high school student who gave a sexually suggestive speech at a school assembly. Schools have since banned and punished a wide range of speech deemed offensive; courts have often, though not always, rejected First ...
The Supreme Court addressed the question of civility in education in Bethel v. Fraser (1986). The case began with a one-minute speech at a high school assembly in which a student described a candidate he supported for student government office as “a man who is firm ... a man who takes his point and ...
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Des Moines, 1969); 2) it is vulgar, lewd, profane, or plainly offensive (Bethel v. Fraser, 1986); 3) it is sponsored by the school and is inconsistent with the school's educational mission (Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, 1988); or 4) it advocates drug use (Morse v. Frederick, 2007). Though first in this line of cases, ...
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Des Moines School District (1969), Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser (1986), and Morse v. Frederick (2007). Student speech is squashed under the ideology that schools are temporary guardians of students, and have a responsibility to foster a safe yet stimulating academic environment. In the limbo ...
Later in his tenure, he dissented in both Bethel v. Fraser and Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier when the Court ruled against the student rights to freedom of speech and the press. To Marshall, every American deserves unrestricted rights enumerated in the First Amendment regardless of age, something even the ...
That said, OSU has a strong case based on the establishment of the Tinker Standard as well as Bethel v. Fraser, which would back up their use of prior restraint. While there are a great deal of protections for association and expression in public schooling, the nature of the institution also creates an ...
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... * Editor's Note: The Tinker case is featured in the National Constitution Center's 2017 Civic Calendar, which you can download here.
Des Moines School District (1969), Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser (1986), and Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988).
When an Arizona student was critical of school administration on social media, an administrator asked the district's legal counsel if they could ...
When an Arizona student was critical of school administration on social media, an administrator asked the district's legal counsel if they could ...
In Bethel v. Fraser (1986), the Court upheld the authority of a school to punish a high school student who gave a sexually suggestive speech at ...
The Supreme Court addressed the question of civility in education in Bethel v. Fraser (1986). The case began with a one-minute speech at a ...
Since Tinker, three Supreme Court rulings have cut back on the speech rights of students: Bethel v. Fraser, Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, and Morse ...
Des Moines, 1969); 2) it is vulgar, lewd, profane, or plainly offensive (Bethel v. Fraser, 1986); 3) it is sponsored by the school and is inconsistent ...
... ban under their authority to restrict “vulgar, lewd, profane, or plainly offensive speech” under Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser (1986).
But in 1986's Bethel v. Fraser, the court said that “the constitutional rights of students at public school are not automatically coextensive with the ...
But in 1986's Bethel v. Fraser, the court said that “the constitutional rights of students at public school are not automatically coextensive with the ...
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Des Moines School District (1969), Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser (1986), and Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988).
When an Arizona student was critical of school administration on social media, an administrator asked the district's legal counsel if they could ...
In Bethel v. Fraser (1986), the Court upheld the authority of a school to punish a high school student who gave a sexually suggestive speech at ...
The Supreme Court addressed the question of civility in education in Bethel v. Fraser (1986). The case began with a one-minute speech at a ...


 

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