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    Was 19-yr-old Star Simpson’s sweatshirt “art” or a fake bomb?

    Date: 09.22.07 | by Judge Tom.

    Star was arrested on 9/21/07 at a Boston airport wearing a computer circuit board, battery and wiring on her sweatshirt. She is an electronics student at MIT attending Career Day and wanted to stand out.

    She went to the airport to pick up her boyfriend when her ‘art’ stood out to airport officials. Star was charged with possessing a hoax device and released on bail.

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    Mary Beth and John Tinker (Newseum, Washington, D.C.)

    The leading case regarding student expression is Tinker v. Des Moines (U.S. Supreme Court, 1969) The test is one of disruption and violation of another’s rights. Read about the Tinker kids and what happened when they wore black armbands to school  under  “Why Can’t I Wear What I Want to School?” on this site.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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