West Virginia, Schools and First Amendment
West Virgina is receiving national attention for the current issues surrounding the legislature and educators. While it appears that students will be heading back to school shortly, it seems an opportune time to remember another time when West Virgina was in the national spotlight.
In 1943 several students exercising their first amendment rights took the fight up the the US Supreme Court.
"The refusal of West Virginia school children to participate in compulsory flag-salute ceremonies resulted the expansion of the constitutional protection for religious liberties for all Americans in the landmark 1943 case, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette. Jehovah’s Witnesses Walter Barnette, Lucy McClure, and Paul Stull sued when their children were expelled from the Kanawha County schools for their refusal to salute the flag. They claimed that requiring participation in the ceremony violated First Amendment freedom of speech and religion." West Virginia Encyclopedia
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