Bong Hits 4 Jesus: A Perfect Constitutional Storm in Alaska's Capital

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University of Alaska Press, Oct 15, 2010 - Political Science - 320 pages
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In January 2002, for the first time, the Olympic Torch Relay visited Alaska on its way to the Winter Games. When the relay runner and accompanying camera cars passed Juneau-Douglas High School, senior Joseph Frederick and several friends unfurled a fourteen-foot banner reading "BONG HiTS 4 JESUS."

An in-depth look at student rights within a public high school, this book chronicles the events that followed: Frederick's suspension, the subsequent suit against the school district, and, ultimately, the escalation of a local conflict into a federal case. Brought to life through interviews with the principal figures in the case, Bong Hits 4 Jesus is a gripping tale of the boundaries of free speech in an American high school.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Tale of Three Wars and Zero Tolerance
7
Infamous for Fifteen Minutes
11
2 The Tentative Tinker Rule
41
3 From Black Armbands to Colliding Tubas
57
4 A New Century a Different Court
75
5 The Ninth Circuit Weighs In
91
6 NoSoBrief Battles Not Such Odd Bedfellows
113
8 Five Takes on a Single Event
171
9 Lost Opportunities and Failure of Imagination
195
Endnotes
227
Works Cited
321
List of Interviews
349
Table of Cases
351
Index
355
Copyright

7 Up in Smoke at the High Court
145

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James C. Foster is a professor at Oregon State University. He has taught and written about aspects of judicial politics for over thirty years.

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