Thanks to Brad Mendenhall, BGSU graduate and principal at Lincolnview High School, Pat Pauken had the great and fun opportunity to meet Mary Beth Tinker, one of the student plaintiffs in Pat’s favorite education law case, Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503 (1969). Ms. Tinker was in Ohio presenting to several high school government and social studies classes, talking about her experience as a plaintiff in a Supreme Court case and encouraging students to get involved in causes that are important to them.
“Armbands really are cool and transforming,” said Pat upon meeting Mary Beth Tinker. “Thank you, Ms. Tinker, for your work, energy, and representation. Most of all, thank you for inspiring kids (of all ages) to lives of citizenship, moral agency, imagination, vocation, and voice.”
Second to Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), Tinker is perhaps one of the most influential education law cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. To read more about Tinker and the landmark decision that “Students don’t shed their constitutional rights at the school house gates,” please click here.