The Supreme Court: Demonstrations, Not Disruption

From grade school to graduate school level, groups of militant students have been effectively demonstrating their ability to disrupt and even shut down U.S. institutions of learning. On campus and off, more moderate types have been asking with increasing frequency: What about the law? Do the militants have a right to prevent other students from enjoying their rights? Last week, in a decision that firmly upheld a peaceful protest in Des Moines by five public school demonstrators, the U.S. Supreme Court also suggested that the Constitution does not protect demonstrations when they are disorderly and disruptive.

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