Can students wear clothing with profanity?

Thursday, February 12, 2004

No, public school officials can prohibit students from wearing shirts with profane messages. In its 1986 decision
Bethel School Dist. No. 403 v. Fraser, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote: “Surely, it is a highly appropriate function of public school education to prohibit the use of vulgar and offensive terms in public discourse.” The Court explained that “schools must teach by example the shared values of a civilized social order.”