Bong Hits 4 Jesus: Student Speech And The “Educational mission” Argument After Morse v. Frederick

Jeremiah Galus


On January 24, 2002, Joseph Frederick displayed a banner at the Olympic Torch Relay in Juneau, Alaska. The banner, continuing in the tradition of high school humor, read “BONG HiTS 4 JESUS.” Frederick’s attempt at humor during this “school-sponsored” and “school-supervised” event proved to be an unwise decision, as his fourteen-foot banner was confiscated and he was suspended for ten days. Apparently, the school principal, and presumably many others, did not find anything funny in Frederick’s cryptic banner.

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