Understanding the Five Basic Freedoms

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Dozens of Shoreham-Wading River High School students attended the “Icons of Freedom V: Student Speech and Press in American Democracy” at the Touro College Law Center in Central Islip. The 40 juniors from the Advanced Placement U.S. History and Advanced Placement U.S. Government classes taught by Walter Caskie, were joined by students from several schools across Long Island. The symposium featured guest speakers who addressed issues pertaining to students First Amendment rights in school. The two keynote speakers were Mary Beth Tinker and Cathy Kuhlmeier Fray from the Tinker v. Des Moines and Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier landmark First Amendment U.S. Supreme Court cases. Both speakers shared their experiences of participating in the fight to protect First Amendment rights of students in public schools. At the end of the program, students participated in a question and answer session and met the speakers.