Newseum Institute > Are student walkouts considered substantially disruptive under Tinker?
Usually, courts find that student walkouts are substantially disruptive under the Tinker standard. They focus on the fact that classes and class schedules are disrupted and the students who remain in school are distracted.
Furthermore, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Corales v. Bennett (2009) reasoned that a high school’s anti-truancy policy was a “content neutral rule that furthers an important interest unrelated to the suppression of expression.” The appeals court explained that the anti-truancy rule “furthers several substantial government interests, including enforcing compulsory education, keeping minors safe from the influences of the street, maximizing school funding based on attendance and limiting potential liability for negligent failure to supervise a truant student properly.”