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Free Speech and Public Schools

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District declared that students “do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” On October 9, 2020, Judge Eldon Fallon extended that principle to the parking lot.

Pine Junior-Senior High School in Washington Parish permits students to paint a design of their choice on reserved parking spots with only limited restrictions. Senior Ned Thomas had a friend paint a stylized portrait of President Trump in his spot. It was promptly painted over by school officials. Ned's parents took the school board and superintendent to court in the EDLA where Judge Fallon granted plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction.

Posted: Oct. 13, 2020