This Article begins in Part I by reviewing the history and impact of youth civil disobedience and the special issues school walkouts raise. Part II then discusses the legal doctrines that guide school administrators and courts as they aim to strike a suitable balance between free expression and the day-to day operations of a school. Part III analyzes the different approaches school districts have taken, and offers specific advice to school districts dealing with future walkouts. Part IV cautions that the only constitutionally permitted response by school districts is to subject students to the same consequences they would face for not attending class under ordinary circumstances. The Article concludes with reflections on the importance of ensuring that the long tradition of student engagement in progressive social movements is preserved and supported.
Michelle S. Simon, Walking Out: Schools, Students, and Civil Disobedience, 69 Syracuse L. Rev. 309 (2019), https://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/1143/