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Mostly remembered today was the clash between two legendary public figures. Eventually, the Supreme Court settled many of the issues about the Scopes case in , in a decision called Epperson v. A unanimous Court ruled on the legality of a Arkansas law that barred teachers in public or state- supported schools from teaching, or using textbooks that discussed human evolution.
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A teacher in Little Rock, Arkansas had been given textbooks from her administration that taught evolution, and she sought out court guidance about her situation. In the Scopes case , high school biology teacher John Scopes was charged with illegally teaching the theory of evolution in violation of a state law championed by William Jennings Bryan.
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The charismatic Bryan was a three-time presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, a former Secretary of State, and widely known orator. In his later years, Bryan led a movement to have the Darwinian evolution theory barred from classrooms. American Civil Liberties Union. ACLU has an exercise where students write down the freedoms they appreciate the most. Bill of Rights Institute. Constitution Center. Join us for at the museum outstanding and engaging programs that are great for all ages!
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Museum admission is FREE that day, but spots fill quickly. Call to make your reservation. They are currently promoting a First Amendment lesson plan relating to Bruce Springsteen's music.
Constitution Hall Pass video lesson series. Constitution Day - Celebrate the Ratification of the U. The Bill of Rights guarantees that the government can never deprive people in the U. Many federal and state laws give us additional rights, too. The Bill of Rights applies to young people as well as adults. Learn more about privacy.
The right to privacy is not mentioned in the Constitution, but the Supreme Court has said that several of the amendments create this right.
One of the amendments is the Fourth Amendment, which stops the police and other government agents from searching us or our property without "probable cause" to believe that we have committed a crime. Other amendments protect our freedom to make certain decisions about our bodies and our private lives without interference from the government - which includes the public schools. You've all heard cops on TV or in the movies say, "you have the right to remain silent Remember anything you say can be used against you.
Just give the police your name and address and say you want to speak to your parents and a lawyer. As soon as you do that, the police must stop questioning you. The police aren't allowed to search you unless they have a warrant signed by a judge or unless they are arresting you. However, if they believe that you have a weapon, they can frisk you, and if they feel a weapon, they can then search you.
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If the cops ask to search you or your car, don't resist the search , but let them know that you don't consent to it. Yes and no. Since public schools are run by the government, they must obey the Constitution. However, you do have fewer privacy rights in school than outside of school. Some of the so-called solutions to problems like drugs and violence - such as searching us or planting undercover cops in the hallways to spy on us - can abuse students' rights.
It's like, hey guys, this is school, not prison! You have the right to remain silent if you're questioned by a school official. Usually there is no problem with answering a few questions to clear something up.
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But if you think that a teacher suspects you of having committed a crime, don't explain, don't lie and don't confess , because anything you say could be used against you.