Case: Bethel School District #43 v. Fraser (1987)

Matthew N. Fraser gave a speech nominating a fellow classmate to an elected office and used obscene and provocative languge during that speech. He was suspended for three days. His parents argued that his first amendment rights had been violated.

Ruling:The Supreme Court held in favor of the school district.


Impact: Students do not have the right to use obscene language at school. This is an important case because it establishes the precedent of the schools having the right to limit the speech of their students to a greater degree than the federal government can.