Rights that Apply (and Don’t ) to You

The blog assignment for this week is to discuss what you have learned about what first amendment rights, as well as other rights protected under the 4th, 5th, and 9th amendments apply to you and which ones don’t. You are often told that as a minor you have certain restrictions placed on your rights. What are these restrictions? How does that make you feel? You also should understand that there are additional legal rights granted to you because you are under eighteen. What are some of these additional rights and why do you think they are granted to you?

Posts are due Friday when you walk into class.

Please post in at least 7-10 sentences and respond to one other person.



  1. Grace Said,

    January 11, 2012@ 2:46 pm      

    Once a person reaches the age of 18 they are no longer considered a minor, they will get new rights but also loose the ones that only apply to minors. As minors they have the right to not have their name or face shown in the media or news. One of minors’ first rights was the right to gain and expand your information beyond school. Once a school board tried to restrict the rights of students by removing more graphic books from the school library, this action was rejected by the Supreme Court because it restricted minors’ right to read and learn. Now there are some restrictions on reading today, one of the reasons was because some book contain content that are not accessible for some adults. Minor are still banned from things that are “graphic”, however though public libraries are filtering there computers because it might be a form of Minors’ being able to access this information. This made access information for older minors harder. As a result Minors were banned from forms of even intense speech. These rights are for there well being.


    • josh Said,

      January 11, 2012@ 4:48 pm      

      nicely put grace, i like how you mentioned the rights within a minor in the education program. It was obvious that you obtained alot of outside resorces

    • Jacqueline Said,

      January 11, 2012@ 8:13 pm      

      As students we cannot vote for whoever is running to be president, or who we want the mayor to be. But once we are eighteen we can vote because we are officially “adults”. The first amendment is about freedom of speech, the press, our religion and the petition. The second amendment is about people’s right to bear arms, which behind that follows conditions for quartering soldiers. The fourth is right of search and seizure while the fifth is provisions concerning prosecution. The sixth amendment is right to a speedy trial, witnesses. ect. That goes along with amendment seven which is right to a trial by jury. The eighth is excessive bail, and cruel punishments. The ninth and the tenth are rules of construction of constitution and the tenth is rights of the state under constitution. the ones that apply to us may be the fourth amendment, the first amendment, and the sixth. The right to be arms would usually deal with the army, and that would apply to the adults. They can have that taken away if people became weary about them having a gun. That also means that they have to have a registration and other information saying they have that right to hold a gun and use it.
      “US Constitution–Bill of Rights–The First Ten Amendments.” Rat Haus Reality, Ratical Branch. Web. 11 Jan. 2012. .

    • Elliot Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 3:22 pm      

      Very good points, Grace. I had some of the additional rights in here but the right to school was also definitely an important one that slipped my mind. As well as the right to not have your face in the media. All those gossip shows about celebrities show that adults don’t really have that respected.

    • Jake R. Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 3:37 pm      

      Thats good. you covered lots of facts about the minor’s rights and used lots of outside sources. I think you could have added some more info on the first, fourth, fifth, and ninth amendments and if they affect you or if they don’t affect you. Good job.

    • Madelena Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 4:41 pm      

      Great job Grace, I loved how you explained everything and used real life situations. I liked the fact that you used books and libraries as examples because these are things that all of use and go to very often.I also liked how at the end you said that these rights are for our well being; and I agree with that statement.

    • Sammy C Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 5:08 pm      

      Very well done Grace. You definately used your outside sources well. I liked how you mentioned about a real case. I also liked how you explained minors rights in depths it could have used a little more information on other rights but other than that great job.

    • Jonny Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 8:17 pm      

      grace, you put very good points about the “graphic” books. i like how you said that libraries are filtering their computers because minors will try to access this info.you explained it well! 🙂

    • Blake Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 9:48 pm      

      Grace, I really enjoyed reading your blog and though yuo had excellent facts. However, I think you could improve it by stating what amendment affected each point. I did enjoy the points about the library and strongly agreed with that. Nice job overall.

    • Hannah D. Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 10:20 pm      

      This is a wonderful post grace, i really like how you looked up rights that we haven’t talked about in class. I think that how you stated ‘graphic’ books tie into the amendments, I’ve never quit thought about that. You did a great job with your post.

  2. Gregory Said,

    January 11, 2012@ 4:03 pm      

    The First Amendment is about protection of speech which means you can speak out against the government say what you believe should happen and have a say in the government. You also have the right to religion which means you can choose whatever religion you want and the government cannot choose one for you. You also have the right to assembly that says you can hang out with your friends and talk about the government in bad ways. Fourth amendment states that you have protection from unlawful searches and a seizure, which means people and government cannot break into your house unless they have a court order or search warrant. The Fifth Amendment protects you against double jeopardy means you can’t be tried for the same crime twice. Self incrimination says you don’t have to answer questions you don’t want to or it will make you sound guilty. Eminent domain states that the government has the right to take away your property and give you money for the price that your house is worth. The ninth amendment protects your rights that are not stated in the entire Constitution.

    As a minor, a lot of these laws don’t apply to me. Someone under 18’s name or picture can not be released to the public. Minors have to have privacy with their personal belongings which ties into searches and seizures. These restrictions make me feel special.

    • Brandon Said,

      January 13, 2012@ 6:33 am      

      nice job describing the amendments. in a school minors can be searched if the staff is suspicious and thinks it could effect the safety.

    • Mr. Stewart Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 11:27 pm      

      Greg. Good understanding of the amendments. What is missing is a reference or two to the scenarios we discussed in class this week. Those would have applied to the prompt quite well.

  3. josh Said,

    January 11, 2012@ 4:42 pm      

    Technicaly and constitutionaly speaking, all children have full constotutional rights, but do not have full reliability for them. There are certain reasons for that. One being that they (even up until adult hood) are vulnirable when it comes to making important decisions and actions. Although, there are some nonconstitutional righs that minors do not have such as the buying and consumtion of alcohol and tobaco products, merage and legal employment. in my opinion, these rights are depribed from minors due to lack of meturaty and responcebility in children. however there are some reserved rights specificaly for kids under the ager of 18. These include the right of education, an abuse, niglect and public exploytation free life, and the right to be well fed and cleaned.

    • Kelsey Said,

      January 11, 2012@ 5:46 pm      

      I like that you had a list of rights given specifically to kids. I hadn’t thought of the right to be well fed and cleaned, but that certainly does apply. Also, I liked how you gave examples of unconstitutional rights. Well done!

    • Kannon Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 4:57 pm      

      What you said in your paragraph is very true. There are a lot of rights taken from us because of our lack of responsibility and maturity. However I think some of us would love to get the chance to feel like an adult and have a job so that we ate ready for that when we are grown up an have to get jobs of our own. If we got the chance we might be more ready for when we are older. Getting a job at the age of fifteen to age nineteen can be challenging and so if we had experience as young adults we could possibly have a better opportunity to get a job when we are that age.

    • Mollee Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 8:48 pm      

      Very good word choice. I like how you said minors under the age of 18 are reaquired to be well fed and cleaned. I never thought of it that way, but you do make a very good point. You did a good job describing all of the rights we dont have as of being under the age of 18. Everything was very well put.

  4. Kelsey Said,

    January 11, 2012@ 5:40 pm      

    Children under eighteen receive some unalienable rights, but many as written in the bill of rights do not apply to children. First of all, your freedom of speech or first amendment right is limited to what is acceptable to say at public schools. When you enter a public school, some rights don’t apply, because the school has the right to act “En loco parentis” or in the place of a parent. Yet another example of a right being violated, is the protection of property or the fifth amendment. For example, if you are seen with a cell phone at school the teachers have the right to take it away. Also, schools are allowed to search you with out a search warrant, violating your fourth amendment rights. These violated rights of children makes me feel more protected and safer when they are enforced. Although a ton of rights apply to adults but not to children, there is a list of rights granted specifically to children. Web sites are not allowed to use any child’s personal information or display it publicly. In addition, according to Article 2 Section 1 of the Convention On the Rights of the Child says that discrimination of children is forbidden. Overall, children have just as many additional rights as rights denied in the Bill of Rights.

    Here is a link that has the constitution and helpful explanations:

    Here is a link for rights specifically granted to minors:


    • Mary Liz Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 4:33 pm      

      Wow Kelsey beutiful word choice like unalienable and receive in your topic sentence. You brought up some good topics like “When you enter a public school, some rights don’t apply, because the school has the right to act “En loco parentis” or in the place of a parent.” and “In addition, according to Article 2 Section 1 of the Convention On the Rights of the Child says that discrimination of children is forbidden.” With these two sentences clearly show you did research on the Blog.

    • Grace Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 10:27 pm      

      nice job kelsey I like how you used the exact Ammendment and showed good resons why with links

    • Mr. Stewart Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 10:25 pm      

      Good points and great use of info. Main point to work on is word choice. Improve words like “ton”

  5. Kenneth Said,

    January 11, 2012@ 6:31 pm      

    The 1st Amendment gives citizens the right of free speech, press, assembly and religion. I think that we minors have the right of free speech, but not as much as adults do. The 4th Amendment allows for citizens to have privacy. Even as a minor the fourth amendment applies to me because they do not have the right to search me or anything of mine unless they have my permission. As a minor the 5th Amendment, stating our rights to double jeopardy, would protect me more than an adult. It wouldn’t apply to me because as a minor some of the rules do not comply with us. The 9th Amendment protects citizens from losing their rights given in the constitution. Even though I’m a minor we all have the same rights as citizens.
    I feel good the 4th, 5th, and 9th Amendments apply to me because as a minor there is more you can get away with than as an adult. Some additional rights for minors are less severe punishments more laid-back rules than adults have.

    Cites Used


  6. Chase Said,

    January 11, 2012@ 6:40 pm      

    I believe that most of the the amendments apply to us becuase we have protaction over the amendments but with guidence. In school, If we break a rule instead of having to go to court, the teacher, pricible, councler,ect will take care of it and point us int he right direction. The 4th amendment protects us from a search without reason, but in school they have athoraty to search us if they believe that we have something to hide. Since we are under the age of 18 the teacher does not need a warrent for him or her to search us which is how it would work if we were 18.The fith amendment protects us from double jeopordy which protects us from being acused for the same exact crime twice. So if some body acuses you of a crime and it is false they can’t acuse you again of the same exact crime.The amendments give us rights and take some away other but for the most part our rights are fair.

    • Jacqueline Said,

      January 11, 2012@ 8:17 pm      

      Chase, I like what you said. that most of the amendments do apply to us under sucumstances. I don’t think that age would matter if someone needed a warrant to search you or your house. Yes, you might not own a house yet, but you still do have your own belongings.

  7. Mollee Said,

    January 11, 2012@ 6:41 pm      

    We as minors (that are under the age of eighteen) have certain restrictions and additional advantages to our rights in the amendments. One of the advantages we get as being under the age of eighteen is our personal information of picture isn’t allowed to be publicly displayed. Even if a minor commits a crime, their information is not to be publicly shown on the news or internet. The first amendment states that citizens have the right of freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly. This means that any person can criticize the government and have the right to protest publicly. As minors, once we enter a school building these rights don’t really apply to us anymore. Teachers and any staff member have the right to limit your freedom of speech and take down any signs of protest. This is because of “En loco parentis” which means that while you are in school the teachers have the right to act like your parents. They are responsible for you through all school hours of the day. The teachers also have a right to search you or your locker or any of your property on the school campus without a warrant. If they have any suspicion of drugs or weapons or anything that could cause harm to the students and staff members, they have the right to search you right there on the spot. Many websites students try to access during school hours are block because of crude content or strong language. We as minors also don’t have the right to consume or purchase alcohol or legal employment. They don’t think we are mature enough to keep a job or actually work for it. To me this means that they don’t trust us and look at us as little kids.

    • Jacob Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 4:08 pm      

      Great paragraph I never thought about putting that our pictures couldn’t be displayed in there. As well as we can be searched at any time for drugs under probable suspicion.

    • Kannon Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 4:50 pm      

      Your paragraph was very good. When you talked about how we feel like little kids because we can’t get jobs yet I never thought about that but yeah it is true. I think some kids should be very happy about the fact that information at our age cannot be shown if we commit a crime. So I guess there are advantages and disadvantages to being a minor.

    • Eddie Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 6:35 pm      

      Mollee I enjoyed your word choice. such as you saying restrictions instead of “can or can’t.”

    • Julia Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 7:07 pm      

      I thought that was a great way to add En Loco Parentis to your blog and the fact that teachers are tecnically your legal gaurdian for the time being. Great job!

    • Natasha Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 10:26 pm      

      I agree with what you posted about how adults look at us as little kids. I completely agree with you on that, because not only about alcohol, and not trusting us to have and complete a job, etc, it makes us seem younger than we are. If they can’t trust us, but say that we are supposed to be “responsible young adults”, how about adding on more privileges as well as responsibilities?

  8. Britney Said,

    January 11, 2012@ 6:53 pm      

    When you are under the age of 18 or also know as a “minor” you don’t have the same rights that adults. But most of it is to make sure we safe, for instants. At school if someone is accused of smoking or has any possession of drugs they can be searched. It is the schools job to protect the student or peers that go to that school. As Mr. Stewart said in class, when we step on the school campus the teachers become our “parent’s” till we step off of school grounds. In other words it is there job to make sure we are safe while we are at school. When a student sells drugs on campus it could be putting other students in danger and it is the schools staff, teachers, principles, and maybe even the nurses job to make sure that doesn’t affect anyone else in the school. As for when you are 18 or older you become your own person. You watch over yourself. But that being said teachers can also take your phones if you see them out, because it could be affecting how other people are learning.
    In the first amendment we, the people, have the right of speech. But if you are a minor you have to “watch” what you say in public schools. We are limited on our speech during school assemblies or classes. If we say something “uncalled for” or cause “ruckus” with our words, we could get suspended or have detention for our outburst during that time. We are also limited for the right of press. If we had a newspaper that the kids made they would have to get it approved by the principle because they don’t want us to put weird or secretive things in the newspaper. Some schools would even give the students topics to write about. They would not get to find things on the own.
    Although we are limited on some rights that adults aren’t there are also rights just for children. The Internet is not aloud to post any important information someone if the are under 18. Also children have the right of education.
    In conclusion children are limited to most rights. But that doesn’t mean we still don’t have rights. We have all the rights we need to maintain a happy and healthy life. These limited rights make me feel safer when I walk into school or when I use the Internet. Children have an equal amount of rights as adults. But children’s rights are to keep us safe.

    • Kenadie Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 2:24 pm      

      i really liked how you related your blog back to the 1st Ammendment, because as kids most of us don’t understand how this ammendment affects us.

    • Mollee Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 8:53 pm      

      Well put. You had some mistakes here and there but I still thought it was a good paragraph. I like how you said that “minors” rights are restricted for our own saftey. I never thought to put it that way. You also had some good word choice.

  9. Auddie Beth Said,

    January 11, 2012@ 7:21 pm      

    Pre-teens/ teenagers have very little rights, like during the making of The Bill of Rights I don’t think that they made it going toward the pre-teens of America. Like in the first amendment it states you have the FREEDOM of speech but sometimes these FREEDOMS are restricted. Like so in school you can say a speech but yet it has to be about school or etc ….. Not about the bulling people have been doing to others in the class or to their fellow class mates , it has to be something that is school related. When I think about how the people that wrote The Bill of Rights where thinking, I felt like they were adults and they wanted more rights as adult so they did so but they still thought about the pre-teens but more of themselves. Even though we are all made equally I think they thought of themselves but adults do make all the money and they drive and they have to have more rights than us pre-teens have. Also this is two rights have you have the right to defend yourself, and somewhat of freedom of speech. The thing is that probably gets kids mad about today is that the people that wrote The Bill of Rights did not even take in to consideration that there are pr-teens on this earth and they gave us two additional rights instead of giving us more rights. Also when you go shopping and you have a credit card and the person at the desk asks for you ID well do u look 16or18 ? But when a adult has one they just let them go they don’t ask for a ID. That is the bad thing about having most of your rights violated.

    Links to where I got my information



    Another place that I got things from was The Bill of Rights thing you gave to us.

    • Caleb Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 8:10 pm      

      Audrey, actually we as minor have right of our own that don’t apply to adults. Like if I committed a crime a description of the crime and my anme and face couldn’t be put on newspapers, reported on the news or posted on wed forums and blogs. As for the men that created the Bill of Rights, if they created a different set of rights for minors then yes I do think they partially direct some of the Bill of Rights. But all in all good job on your post, it got me thinking.

    • Kammi Said,

      January 13, 2012@ 8:29 am      

      the first amendment i really wanted to start out with is voting. We cant vote when we are this young but once we turn 18 then we can vote for what president or mayor we should have. The second amendment that pops out to me is. Drugs if we get caught doing drugs we get in huge trouble even if anyone is doing types of drugs they get in trouble. But sense we are minors then we would get in trouble for buying and doing the drugs. The third amendment is living in your guardians house you have to fallow there rules,and if u don’t you probably will get kicked out. If you get caught doing something you are not supposed to do. I am glad they have those amendments because then this world is a better place for everyone. But we are not always allowed to speak freely so i think we should be able to.

  10. Keva Said,

    January 11, 2012@ 7:36 pm      

    Minors meaning that we are younger than 18 also means we don’t have as many privileges as adults. We must do what they say because they are responsible for us at certain times and places. Almost all the amendments apply to us except some, that only apply to adults because we don’t have houses, can’t vote, and we don’t need to pay taxes. I feel that we have a good system of laws and that as minors what else could we need, the things that don’t apply to us we kinda don’t want yet or to worry about. In school I believe that we could have more freedom and that according to the first and forth amendments and other amendments that the staff should be more careful of what they do because what Mr. Stewart has showed us I would want to fire those principals and staff members in a snap. If adults violate our rights as minors then it is a bad model of how to treat other peoples rights. That is something that should change in every school.

    • Sydnie Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 2:04 pm      

      Keva, i liked how you said minors meaning that we are younger than 18 also means we don’t have as many privileges as adults. But we also must do what they say because they are responsible for us at certain times and places. I agree with every thing you ment because we shouldnt just ignore our parents or any other adults when we are just minors, and violate our rights as just being a minor. Well done!

    • Maya Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 5:26 pm      

      Keva, I completly agree with you when you say that schools staff should be more careful of what they do! If they looked at the Bill of Rights they would see what they were doing wrong, and get less court cases. Perhaps if our government made more special rules reguarding schools cases wouldn’t happen becuase they could be EASILY be dismissed. Great job on the Blog!

    • Jenna Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 5:52 pm      

      Keva, I like what you said about some amendments not applying to minors because we don’t have to worry about those yet. With the cases that Mr. Stewart told us about though, not all of them were the principals and teachers violating the student’s rights. Other than that I though your argument was really good.

  11. Daniel N. Said,

    January 11, 2012@ 9:20 pm      

    Some say the rights of the minor are restricted or limited, but what we have seen throughout the years the government has set restrictions to protect the safety of your yourself and your peers. These restrictions protect yourself by using extra privacy rights to your full name and photograph, also that if every minor was given every full right we would be endangered by our self common naiveness. We must remember these restrictions were made not only for the teenagers, but for children and little kids to protect them. And the government has decided that 18 would the appropriate age for kids to transact into an adult and remove those restriction for they are adults and no longer minors. I personally am thankful for the restrictions granted to me being a minor for I know it can protect me for my own better welfare. Also me being a peer of others I know these restriction are appointed to also will protect myself and others. If a school official has reason to believe someone could have something harmful, I can know their restrictions of their 4th amendment right could be not be used as a way to harm someone. It is a good thing our rights are restricted for the safety of others.

    • Nick Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 6:49 pm      

      Great job daniel. I like how you included your own ideas about how you feel safe in school because fo the fourth amendment, not it makes us safe in school.

  12. Sydnie Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 1:52 pm      

    The first amendment allows us minors to have a freedomof religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of press. This applies to everyone. The fourth and fifth amendments don’t apply to me as a minor since I don’t own my houses and I amto young to have a gun. Being under 18 there are some rights that have restrictions. These rights include the age restriction to get a drivers license, age requirement to attend school, and the legal drinking age. The laws will protect children’s health, safety, and welfare. Children have a right to get and have a public education. I think rights are given to minors to protect them from child abuse.

  13. Kenadie Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 2:22 pm      

    Being a minor we obtain certain rights that others aren’t granted. For example we have the right to privacy, say you are arrested by law enforcment you are granted the right to not have your picture or name released. Whereas if you are older you are automatically able to have yourself released to the public. Another right we obtain is we aren’t always tried as an adult. During trial the don’t always give you the same punishment an adult would have due to your possible maturity level. If you are say 8, and you steal you may not be given such harsh punishments as an adult would get. I do feel however in some cases these rights should not apply to us. For example if you murder a citizen you should be tried as an adult no matter what age, we live in a society where as kids we are taught right from wrong. Therefore we are and should be expected to know these things by now.

  14. Elliot Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 3:18 pm      

    As minors, we definitely do have restrictions on our rights. These will go away as we get older, but for now we are stuck with them. For example: We can’t drink alcohol. We can’t drive cars. And we can’t vote. However, we also have additional rights that we won’t have later. We can’t be put in a jail with adult criminals in it, although we will be punished somehow. We won’t be tried as an adult, so our punishments will be slightly less severe. But my point is that whether they are restrictions or additions, these rights are definitely fair.

    • Cameron Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 4:16 pm      

      The rights that are restricted usally are for are safty and usally or only restricted when the are abused so in that veiw do you still feel the unfairness?

    • Mr. Stewart Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 10:38 pm      

      Very litte reference at a to the scenarios we presented in class this week, or the amendments concerned with the rights you are referencing. I need to see that you understand the amendments in question and that you can write an adequate 7-10 sentence paragraph.

  15. Jake R. Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 3:30 pm      

    There are a lot of rights that are protected by the constitution such as freedom of speech, expression, and religion that apply to me a lot in my life. There are even additional rights granted sense I am under the age of eighteen. The first amendment of the constitution says,” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” The rights in amendment one are, I think, the most common and important because I use almost all of them such as, freedom of speech, expression, and religion. Amendment four of the constitution says, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” The rights in this amendment definitely apply to me but I have not experienced them because I have never been accused of anything that would allow a warrant to be issued and anything of mine to be searched. Amendment five says, “no person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against end property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Some of the rights in amendment five don’t apply to me yet because I’m not really old enough or want to be in the land or naval forces or militia but some of them do such as the double jeopardy, not being deprived of life, liberty, or property, and being a witness against my self, they just haven’t happened at my young age. Amendment nine of the constitution says, ”The enumeration in the constitution, of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” This means that certain things in the constitution should not be interpreted to deny or regard other people. Along with these rights there are also added rights since I am I under the age of eighteen such as minor’s confidentiality and no fourth amendment at school. Young people’s names or figures aren’t displayed in news and when I’m at school I can be searched sense the fourth amendment does not affect me at school. Also my teacher can act as a guardian while I’m on school property. Amendments one, four, five, and nine all have rights that affect me or will affect me at some point and some don’t affect me. There are even added on rights since I am under the age of eighteen.


    • Mr. Stewart Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 10:29 pm      

      Sense/since, good use of quotes from amendments

  16. jake hain Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 3:38 pm      

    As minors we have many restrictions when it comes to the law for instance we can have our faces blurred out and our names for reasons to protect us. while an adult will have his face on the news and his name if he has done something. Minors have restrictions with our guardians and the government because we have to be treated right in our household or the government could take us away. Minors have restrictions on drinking alcohol under aged, and also seeing movies as a minor. To make sure we are mature enough to drink or see a higher rated movie. Most of these restrictions our for safety reasons so we dont get hurt and so we can be safe. I do feel that the limitations could be a little less strict, for an example we know when we are mature enough to see a higher rated movie, or get a mature game. We dont need someone telling us if we aren’t old enough to see or play something. these restrictions could be better for us in ways but are pretty fair.

    • Mr. Stewart Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 10:18 pm      

      Good points, but very few of them are connected to the amendments we discussed this week

  17. Jacob Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 4:05 pm      

    As minors we don’t have the right to vote we also do not have the right to your own school news paper without censorship. Students do have the rights to free speech which means that we can speak out against the government if we believe they are doing something that we don’t agree with. In the fourth amendment we have the right to own things that are ours but only to a certain extent: they can go through our school lockers without a warrant our parents can also go through our stuff. The Fifth Amendment apply to mostly adults and all it said that apply to students is there cannot be any double jeopardy you can’t be put on trial more than once for the same crime. The good thing about being the age we are is that we are not charged heavily the government doesn’t give you as much punishment, there more leaned back. The students don’t have nearly as many laws as adults do in the eyes of the government

    • Nickolas Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 8:44 pm      

      Nice job buddy it seems as though the fifth amendment isn’t 100% direct toward us. The sight that you listed gave me a different perspective on what the amendments are conveying.

  18. Landon Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 4:07 pm      

    We all have rights, however you have a few restrictions but also some additional legal rights. You are restricted in the freedom of press; you can’t print everything that you put in a school newspaper. Another restriction includes the freedom of speech; while giving a speech you cannot use foul or inappropriate language because you have a captive audience (they don’t have a choice to be there). Another restriction relates to amendment 4 which involves searches and seizures. You can be ‘patted’ down if there is reasonable suspicion. But our additional right include protection from the press (the press cannot give away your identity in the news). We can go to a juvenile delinquency until we are eighteen, where we receive full punishment in jail or prison. With the restrictions we are given, it makes me feel disappointed. But with the additional rights we have, I feel protected.

    • Mary Liz Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 4:27 pm      

      Landon I love your word choice like using restictions instead of cans and cant. Also that you included your opinion how you felt about haveing additional and restricted rights. You included list of additional rights. Awsome Job Landon!!

  19. Cameron Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 4:11 pm      

    Being a minor has its adventages, the right to privicy on television , and news. This is very helpful and not everyone has this, adults not only dont have the public knowing, it can make is difficult to find a job. When you are at school some of are rights dont apply. This isnt a bad thing because they are only taken if you abuse them. The abuse of the right should have a punshiment to miss use a right is to use it as a guard to prevent your actions from being inapproite or ofencive. In a public location i strongly feel that rights should be a abilitly to take if they are used for a gaurd not for their true consituional purpose. In a school where they can be restricted is a safer and more enjoyable enviorment. I feel that the rights leway toward kids should be for adults to .

    • Landon Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 4:49 pm      

      Cameron, I really liked how you compared our rights to adults rights with television privacy. Also I agree that people can abuse the rights and probably be punished but nothing cruel or unusual because then we would be violating Ammendment 8. Great job!

  20. Nate Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 4:27 pm      

    Why should rights of teens be so restricted a lot of the time? I mean we are basically adults right? Or is there some influences that affect minors brains differently than others? The National Institute of Mental Health in 2002 discovered a answer that had been suspected for a while now. What use to be the case was doctors considered the brain mature at age 10 to 12 but now we know greatly different. In the teen years a second over distribution of gray matter is released to wander around the brain. This matter clears out neuron connectors not greatly used so supposedly the neurons being used are now stronger. Not only does that happen but teens brains are maturing and changing immensely. Their frontal lobes are being redone basically and this part of the brain is in charge of taking care of emotions, judgment, self control. The Partial Lobes are not mature until 16 and they are the part that has the emotional maturity. For some kids age 16 doesn’t come till late 10th grade or later!!! Other parts of the brain can not be at their full potential until your 20s. With these facts no wonder so many of minor rights are not fully or not at all given to them.

    We now see that judgment of minors is mostly not at its defiant full potential. This may give reason to offending many people with their sometimes nonsensical logic because of emotions that are not yet fully developed. This would give good reason not to let minors have jobs, total freedom of speech, because with empowerment like that we have to be careful who we are giving it to. Maybe a lot of ideas of minors may seem irrational but with development comes ideas that adults may not be applicable of producing any longer. So maybe if their freedoms are not denied but rather restricted for minor use, than maybe the mature and maturing may create some of the most abstract theologies known to man kind. Just using cooperation and reasonable amounts of freedom giving accordingly as the aging progresses of the individuals in this country. Plus trial and error is one of the key aspects in learning how to be the leader for the future. If we can take total control over this as I believe we have been doing as a country already. So go ahead and give chances for minors to practice how to use these rights in the proper way.

    Certain amendments have become debatable over the years for minors to be able to have. The first amendment promises freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, petition. The fourth amendment talks about search and arrest. And the fifth talks about rights in a criminal case. The rights in these amendments are limited to minors a lot of the time and sometimes we get more rights. For example your information can not be publicly published if you commit a crime as a minor. Also a lot of the time punishments aren’t as severe for them in a court case. Another example though of rights being limited for minors is not being able to have a say in government or speak your mind about possibly considered a obscure subject in school. However I find that most of these limitations just help secure the rights of the “captive audience” which is completely necessary. So lets continue to be smart and reasonable with these God given freedoms that as Americans we cherish so greatly.

    Here is where a lot of this information was obtained…





    • Nicole Said,

      January 17, 2012@ 4:35 pm      


      • Nicole Said,

        January 17, 2012@ 4:48 pm      

        I really enjoyed reading your blog. It sounds like you have a good understanding of our rights. I was really impressed that you started off your blog with the details and information you stated about The National Institute of Mental Health. Keep up the good work!

  21. Madelena Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 4:29 pm      

    As minors we have different rights than adults. We have some that adults don’t have and we don’t have some that adult do have. One of the rights that we have as minors is the right to our privacy when it comes to the media. If a child under the age of eighteen commits a crime the case may be reported but their identity may not. As minors we have this right, if it were to be an adult in this situation, then their name, picture, and any other information will be shown. As minors we also have some rights limited to us. One example is when we enter our school building we’re now under the care of our teachers. Our teachers are responsible for us. If any of our teachers or principal have evidence or is positive that a student is hiding something that could hurt other students the teacher is allowed to open lockers and search our thing. Some people may argue that this violates our rights mentioned in the fourth amendment but it doesn’t. When we’re in school our teachers become our secondary guardians they are responsible for us; when were under the care of a teachers or an organization its called “In local parentis”. In loco parentis means “in place of the parent” in Latin. As you can see some of our right are limited but we also have other rights that only apply to us.

    If you would like to learn more about the amendments and/or “In loco parentis” you can visit some of these websites.



    • Kayla Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 6:06 pm      

      madelana i like how you said that our teachers are like our secondary guardians, i hadnt thought of it that way

    • Fiona Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 7:07 pm      

      Madelena, I like how you put some things. Like “One of the rights that we have as minors is the right to our privacy when it comes to the media.”. I liked that you used the word media. It made me think of everywhere not just your hometown or something.
      -Great Job!

    • Hannah Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 8:25 pm      

      You are absolutely right about minors being protected in the media. It is also true in law. Recently my dad gave a legal statement to a laywer about some friends of our who are going through a hard time. When my dad mentioned the kids and how they were involved the lawyer wrote in the statement, “the oldest son” and didn’t give his name. The boy’s privacy and identity was protected. Good job!

  22. Mitchell Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 4:38 pm      

    When you are a minor you have some rights that when you are 18 you don’t. Its the same the other way around. Some things that are good about being a minor is you are not allowed to have your face on the news or media. The bad news is you can’t vote for our president or any government official. Also your parents and some authorities can look through your things if they have reason to believe that your holding a weapon or illegal drugs. Being 18 has advantages and disadvantages like you can vote for a government official. The Police have to have a warrant to look through your things . Also being 18 you usually have a job and have to pay taxes. Being 18 you are tried as an adult in the court of law. You can decide weather or not to do certain things with out your parents say, even if it’s a decision on a surgery thats life or death. Being a minor is good because your parents can make some of the really hard decisions for you, or just ones you don’t under stand. While being a minor and an adult you have the right of free protest as long as you have permission from, parents, and government(only if holding some type of big parade). We are blessed with many rights that change as we age.

  23. Kannon Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 4:40 pm      

    As a minor I have some Constitutional rights that people over eighteen years old do not have but there are also some rights of mine that are limited or restricted. The first amendment states that we have the right to say what we want in public and to protest lawfully. However if you had a school news paper the principle of the school could read through it and tell you to take something out if necessary. This shows that our rights at schools are restricted. The second amendment is the right to bare arms which means you can carry around a gun and use it for protection purposes. At a school though you cannot bring a gun in because it could put others in harms way and therefore that right has been restricted from school students. In the case of searches and seizures when you are an adult a warrant is needed to search anything but an arrest warrant overrules that. At schools however I there is reasonable suspicion you can be searched without a warrant which is also called an on the spot warrant. Most searches can be done by school officials but some must be done but law enforcement officers. The ninth amendment is about the death penalty which can be applied for many things mainly first degree murder. As a minor you would not be able to be tried for the death penalty except in extreme certain circumstances. Also as a minor if you were to commit a crime you could not be sent to jail with adults, you would be sent to a juvenile detention center at the most until you were eighteen and then further punishment could follow. As a minor you also have some rights that adults do not have. Those rights are as follows: live under a roof, be fed three times a day, and be clothed. Parents do not have to live under a roof, have clothes on there back or be fed three times a day. So as a child your rights can be taken from you but you also have rights that adults don’t have.

    • Kurt Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 7:14 pm      

      Great Job Kannon. It is true that our rights are restricted but at least for the safety of the school. I didn’t know that a Spot Warrant was the term for searching someone because of reasonable suspicion. I agree with your concluding statement, at least our rights we don’t have are balanced with rights that adults don’t have.

  24. Sammy C Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 4:53 pm      

    It may seem becoming an adult means u gain allot of privileges, But, the one thing they don’t think about is that they are loosing rights that only minors have. Like minors names are not to be released when they are charged with a crime. Unlike when you are an adult you don’t have a choice whether or not for people to know its you who did whatever crime it is. Although as a minor you still have restricted rights. One main one is at school, Amendment Four doesn’t necessarily apply to us. The school is aloud to search you without a warrant if it protains to the safety of others. Although we aren’t tried as an adult. We would not have the same punishment as an adult would. We would be shown a little mercy. I find the rights us minors have de-meaning. We are shown mercy when we know it’s not right. Some kids might learn its easier on them since they are minors and it might make them think if it doesnt get into allot of trouble and it sounds fun so i will do it. Then we get a good amount of minors committing crimes. So, when you grow-up don’t forget your loosing things to.

  25. Bella Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 5:02 pm      

    Being a student or a ‘minor’ i don’t have nearly as much rights as adults do. But once you turn eighteen, you are granted many freedoms. The Bill of Rights also start to apply to you more. The first amendment gives you five laws that protect your freedoms: The country cannot choose a nationwide religion, you have the right to speak your mind (without doing harm), the law that says the government cant interfere with the public printing of opinions. (Much like freedom of speech) The freedom to peacefully express/promote your interests and the freedom to come and ‘complain’ to the government if nessicary.

    • Garrett Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 7:17 pm      

      I agree with your statement, but I don’t think that we gain MANY rights at the age of 18, and I also think that adults do not have that many more rights than us. I also think you could have went into more detail on how those rights you listed applied to us. Overall I thought you did a good job of getting your point through.

    • Sydney Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 7:59 pm      

      I agree with both you and Garrett. If we are so focused on the restrictions on our rights then we won’t be able to see how many rights we really do have and we really aren’t so different from adults. Although I can see why kids think that the adult world is so much more glamorous than our own limited kid lives.

  26. Maya Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 5:17 pm      

    Everyone in America has rights, but as children under the age of 18 we also have limitations. Amendment 4 is the Right against Unreasonable Search and Seizure and like in the New Jersey v TLO case minors don’t always get this right. At school the administrators make the decisions because of the term in loco parentis which loosely means, in the place of parents. So when the principle of her school searched her, he won the case.
    Amendment 1 in our Bill of Rights covers the Right to Speech and Press. This means that as Americans we post or say what we want; only these laws do not completely cover us as minors. If we commit a crime it cannot be publicized. Our name, picture, and information are hidden from outsider’s eyes. This example of the 1st amendment helps us but in the Bethel School v Fraser case a minor didn’t get the same treatment. At a school assembly he used inappropriate words and got in trouble. This was not a violation of his rights because it was the schools judgment and because he was a minor. Another case under the 1st amendment was the Tinker case where three kids got suspended for wearing black arm bands in protest. This was a violation of their rights especially compared to the Frazer case because it wasn’t hurting anyone.
    I think that minors should have to be under the ruling of their school. They are authority figures, who during school hours and on school property are in charge of the students. As minors we do deserve respect but we don’t have the full maturity of adults and we do need restrictions, despite what some kids might protest. On the other hand we aren’t quite mature enough to live on our own and be an adult, but by 17, 16, and even 15 years old we should be old enough to know right from wrong and we do deserve to answer for our bad decisions. I’m not saying I think that minor treatment should change, but sometimes what our constitution says doesn’t cover everything, and loop-holes can be found. So it’s hard to decide what’s constitutional and what’s not.


    • Becca M Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 7:58 pm      

      Good points Maya! It is not fair that we don’t get the same rights as adults when it comes to search and seizure. I believe that if the school needs to search us or our personal belongs, they should at least have are parents there to make sure we are not being violated. I also agree that by the age of 15 and older we should know the difference between right and wrong.

    • Jordan Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 10:10 pm      

      Great post Mia. I honestly couldn’t find anything I disagreed with in this, nor could I find any false information or anything like that. Great job of using the scenarios as examples to back up each point. Those made it not only interesting to read, but also very thought provoking. Great job.

  27. Kayla Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 6:04 pm      

    Our bill of rights is designed to protect us from the power of our federal government. A few of the important Amendments listed in our bill of rights that we learned about are Amendments 1, 4, 5, and 9.
    Amendment 1 explains how we have the right to speech, press, religion and assembly. To me, this means that we Americans are protected in our beliefs and our actions. It is great to know that we can express out opinions and worship what we choose.
    Amendment 4 explains how we have the right not to be searched without a search warrant, or reasonable suspicion. I am glad that we can be secure in our homes from unreasonable interference from the Government.
    Amendment 5 explains how we have the right to remain silent and the right against self-incrimination. If we ever find ourselves accused of a crime, we are protected by this Amendment. The Government can’t force us to admit to doing something that we didn’t do.
    And lastly amendment 9 explains how we have additional rights that are not listed in the bill of rights, rights such as dying your hair, or naming your child what you like. The founding fathers were wise to not try to list all of our rights. There are many things that they could not know about in their time.
    Minors have different rights than adults. A minor is defined as people under the age of 18. We have restrictions on our rights, and we have additional rights as well. Some restrictions on our rights include that if we were to commit a crime, they could not let our face appear on the news, or our information. The Government tries to protect the identity of a minor. One example of this is the famous T.L.O. As you notice the young girls full name was never aired on news, or in newspapers you can only know her initials. However if it had been an adult who committed the crime their picture, their name and other info could be put in the media.
    Another restriction is that when we enter a public school our teachers basically become our temporary guardians, and they may search us, or our lockers or backpacks if they have a reasonable suspicion we may have items that are harmful to other students, or the learning environment. Some people may believe that if a teacher searches a student without a search warrant it is a violation of the students fourth amendment rights, but it is not a violation of their rights because the constitution has declared a school a special place, where the need for order is important, so when you enter a school you are giving up some of your rights, to protect the rights of others.
    Many young people can’t accept that they have these extra protections from the Constitution. They only think of the restrictions and rules they have to follow.

    • Lauren Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 7:35 pm      

      very nice i loved how detailed you were and it was very clear you know the information. i liked how you went into detail about the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 9th amendment. well done and i got some good ideas ond pointers from your blog for mine =)

    • Kaeli Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 9:23 pm      

      I very much enjoyed your post Kayla! The order in which you delivered your information and the organization in this was quite impressive. I appreciate the fact that you continually referred back to examples and notes we talked about in class as well as took. By doing this your insights, information, and arguments were very firm and I was happily able to understand what you were saying. Something that might help next time, if you would like a pointer would be to watch your paragraphs. It looks as though your last two sentences are suppose to be a paragraph. Be careful of that girly. Overall, I loved it and reading your post made it easier for me to think about what I know as well as what I can post.

  28. 167457 Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 6:16 pm      

    We have the right to not let people search through our personal possions. However when we are minors and in school they have the right to search under reasonable suspision. This would mean if the principal got a tip that someone was carrying a weapon they would have the right to search your locker.

    • Mr. Stewart Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 11:07 pm      

      This seems incomplete. Should there be more to meet the minimum requirements?

  29. Jenna Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 6:18 pm      

    Minor’s rights are limited but all of the limitations are done to protect us and the people around us. They keep it so an inexperienced minor can’t vote but there are some upsides to being a minor also. Under the first amendment, we can use freedom of speech, religion, assembly, press, and petition. These can only be changed by our parents and when we are at school, our teachers and principals. The fourth amendment can be restricted by the same people. Your parent, a teacher, and the principal are all able to search you if they have any suspicion without a warrant. With the fifth amendment, it applies to us when we are accused of a crime. A double jeopardy isn’t allowed in trial even with minors. In the ninth amendment, makes it so that the Bill of Rights won’t take away or limit already existing rights. I don’t not think minors are that affected by the extra “supervision” we have. This is to try and prevent any harm minors can do. Some of the restrictions can get to be a little much at times, but I think the limitations are done to protect us and the ones around us.


    • Saxon Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 6:39 pm      

      Jenna, great blog! I agree with you that the limitations are placed on out rights to protect us, but like you said they can be a little overwhelming at times. I also really like how you say that you don’t think the extra supervision we have doesn’t affect us, I’ve never thought of it that way before. Anyway amazing post, see you at school!

  30. Bella Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 6:31 pm      

    (I didn’t mean to post my last blog. It’s unedited and unfinished.)

    Being a student or a ‘minor’ I don’t have nearly as much rights as adults do. But once I turn eighteen, I am granted many freedoms. The Bills Of Rights also start to apply to you more. The first amendment gives you five laws that protect your freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Petition, Assembly, and Press. These apply to all the citizens of America. But one it comes to the rights that only apply to minors, we have much less freedom. Some basic freedoms kids have are to live in a safe home without abuse or neglect. In other words, if the minor is not in safe living conditions, they (and the police) have the right to be put in a safe home. We also have the freedom to participate in community activities, to attend school no matter what race or religion. Adults in the US have freedoms and rights too. They get to start to vote when they are eighteen, teachers get the right to act as the students ‘parent’ when on school property. (And during school hours) Also, parents don’t have to have warrants or a probably cause in order to ‘search’ their child, or their child’s room. Adults facing a police officer or authority, have the right to remain silent. This means, “I would like to answer that question when I get a lawyer.” Also, every Citizen attending court has the right to get a lawyer, no matter what. Many of the rights adults get aren’t because they are ‘higher’ citizens than the minors are. It’s because you are an adult when it comes to suing, illegal driving, and economical issues with jobs, you have to be. In order to get into big issues like these you must be an adult already. The amount if rights kids and adults get are not equal, but they are fair.


  31. Eddie Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 6:32 pm      

    All Americans have rights, that’s why were called home of the free. In the 1st Amendment it says “Congress cannot establish a law against the freedom of religion, speech, press, peaceful assembly, and petition.” In middle school, we as minors, the rights are used more to a certain extent and are limited. For example the freedom of speech is limited because in school, we cannot use curse words or inappropriate phrases. Not to say we do outside of school because that’s also inappropriate. But if we were to use them in school we would get punished by being sent to the office or an after school detention. In a way that is against the First Amendment. Another example is that if our school, EMS, were to have a school paper the Principal could censor and make changes before it was printed. That again would be against the freedom of speech, but he would most likely only be doing it to protect us. The freedom of petition is also different in middle school than outside of school. In school we are allowed to petition just as long as it doesn’t effect the ability to learn. We can participate in silent petitions such as wearing a bracelet that supports a cause. When the Tinker case was in session the boys were in trouble for wearing black arm bands. They weren’t hurting anybody by wearing them, but still they got in trouble. That should have been a win to them because it was against the 1st Amendment. Sometimes though I like the way the school limits our rights because if they didn’t you would have kids cursing and having riots outside classrooms. As minors. our Rights are somewhat limited. Such as the Right to Bear Arms, we cannot buy weapons at our age. Which I feel is good because that would be scary if we could. All in all minors are allowed, with slight restriction for our own safety and level of maturity, most of the Rights that apply to all citizens of the United States of America.

    • Peter Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 8:21 pm      

      Eddie you’ve made a great example on limited speech in public places and how go back on the Tinker case and give more examples on Amendment 1. Finally got to day nice on Amendment 2 Right to Bears Arms.

      • Audrey Said,

        January 16, 2012@ 9:24 pm      

        Eddie, I liked how you made the point that the rights changed for minors are made often to protect us. Great Job!

    • Joey Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 8:24 pm      

      nice post eddie! i liked how you showed some exaples that the school is violating the first amendment by not having a paper and i would have loved to see what you thought about some other amendments

  32. Nick Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 6:42 pm      

    As a kid I have some rights that are protected and under some circumstances that do not apply to me for example when I’m on campus, or on federal grounds/facility, and when you’re in a prison. There are many cases about minors and if their right was violated. Some of which are small issues and some are big like unlawful searches or protests. Some of these cases can go all the way up to the supreme court and is the justices duty to say the it was or wasn’t constitutional.
    Under the law youths are very restricted for many reasons. When you commit a crime you personal information is not released to the public. You go to a different court and won’t get tried as an adult. Your free speech is limited under school grounds. That includes saying inappropriate language at an assembly that everyone is forced to go to. If a school has a reason to believe that you are doing drugs they can search your locker without your consent. As a kid our rights are protected for our own good and some aren’t fully given to us like free speech under school grounds.

  33. Saxon Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 6:50 pm      

    Learning about the Amendments in class this week has made me realize that since we are all minors we do have other legal rights granted to us that adults don’t have, however we also have restrictions placed on some of our rights. More than anywhere else we have restrictions placed on our rights in a school setting. In school we lose the fourth amendment right to unlawful search and seizure, while at school for eight hours a day the teachers and administrators are like our parents, according to “en loco parentis” and our parents don’t need warrants to search their kids. Teachers and administrators have the right to take away our personal property and search kids without a warrant, which could be considered as violating our fourth amendment right, however during the day since teachers serve as our “parents” they need to create a safe environment for everyone and if one student threatens other’s safety then the school needs to take action. Minors also have legal rights that are not granted to adults, such as not having their name, face, or even their gender released to the public, where as adults have everything released to the media. Being under the age of 18, we are also judged less harshly when going into a court of law for committing a crime. People believe that when minors commit crimes they might not realize the consequences of their actions therefore they are not judged as hardly as an adult would be if they committed that same crime. Most adults are fully aware of what they are doing and they will be able to live with the consequences, however children are not and that is taken into consideration as they are judged. Overall I believe these laws and restrictions placed on children’s rights are there to protect and ensure that they are safe and protected.

    • Cayla Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 10:18 pm      

      I think this is very well written.Good usage of decriptive word choice, “en loco parentis”. I liked how you used school as an example of how our 4th amendment right differs than in public places.

  34. Kurt Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 6:53 pm      

    As American citizens we are given rights. In order to protect yourself and others around you there were amendments made. Over the past week I have learned a lot about the amendments. The first amendment grants us freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. This amendment allows citizens of America to freely speak out and express the way they think without penalty. A great example for first amendment rights is the Tinker vs. Des Moines case. Tinker and a friend wanted to wear armbands to protest the Vietnam War. Protesting about the war was against the schools rules. Tinker ignored the rule and was suspended from school. Tinker was not guilty however because the Supreme Court found Tinker innocent. “Justice Abe Fortas wrote for the majority. He first emphasized that students have 1st Amendment rights: “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”” Her first right amendments protected her in this case because of her right to protest. The 4th amendment is protection from searches and seizures. This protects a citizen from random searches of their property or their self. For example in 1985 a student named T.L.O. was caught smoking with another student in the bathroom. The assistant principal assumed they had possession of drugs and T.L.O.’s purse was searched on the spot. The assistant principal found rolling paper, marijuana, and lots of money. She was taken to the police station and she confessed to selling marijuana at school. She was put on one year probation but her parents decided to sue the school for illegally searching T.L.O’s purse. The case went to court and New Jersey asked if the Supreme Court would oversee it. “The Court ruled by a margin of 6–3 in favor of New Jersey. Justice Byron White wrote the Court’s opinion. White recognized that students in public schools have a constitutional right to privacy under the 4th Amendment and that school officials are bound by constitutional restrictions”. The Supreme Court stated that T.L.O.’s 4th amendment rights were still effective in school. The 5th amendment gives citizens protection of double jeopardy (being tried twice for the same crime), Eminent Domain, and protection of testifying on your own behalf. In 1970 John Kelly sued the State officials because they terminated his welfare benefits without John’s consent. John won the lawsuit but the state of New York appealed the case to the Supreme Court. “Justice William Brennan wrote for the six-judge majority.” . . . [T]he crucial factor in this context . . . is that termination of aid pending resolution of a controversy over eligibility may deprive an eligible recipient of the very means by which to live while he waits.””. This is saying that John should have received a warning before his welfare ended because the State took some money from him that he needed for living without telling him. John’s 5th amendment rights protected him. The 9th amendment reserves rights not listed in the Constitution for the people (Nothing illegal of course). In 1973 a case known as Roe v. Wade was debating whether a fetus should be aborted by the mother’s choice or has a right to live. After many debates including that under the Bill of Rights a woman has the right to terminate her pregnancy and the opposite side claiming that it’s the states duty to protect prenatal life. The Supreme Court finally issued, “the Court agreed with Roe and upheld her right to terminate a pregnancy in the first trimester (90 days).” This case is the perfect example of a debate over rights that are not included in our Constitution. Overall I have learned that as American citizens we are granted more rights with our amendments. The 1st amendment grants us our freedom rights, the 4th amendment grants us protection of unlawful searches and seizures, the 5th amendment protects us from double jeopardy, and protection from the government taking something without paying you or notifying you that the event will come. Lastly, the 9th amendment grants citizens with the reservation of rights not listed in the Constitution.
    After understanding what rights we are given as Americans I can understand how the youth may not get the full benefit from some amendments and rights. The 1st amendment which grants us our freedom of protest is often “diluted” for youth in schools. Since the schools have their own conduct or handbook and we abide by them, we give up benefits of our rights. Under Eagleview Middle School’s rules we cannot protest or display something that would disturb the learning environment. I feel fine with this amendment being changed because it ensures an effective learning environment. As students we can also have our belongings searched at school at any time if there is suspicion of the rules being violated. I am fine with this change also because it ensures safety. As minors we are given temporary rights until we are 18. These rights are right to a clean environment and right to three meals a day. This grants children a comfortable environment until the age of 18. After learning about the amendments I personally believe that as a minor our rights are fine as they are now.

    I acquired all of my information from:

    Mr. Stewart in class
    Mr. Stewart’s notes on amendments 1-10

    • David Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 7:50 pm      

      I first of all wanted to say nice job on the actual assignment and nice use of the Supreme Court cases and the quotes they really reflect on the research that you took for the project. Another good thing was how you used Eagleview as an example. Overall though this is grade A material.

    • Mr. Stewart Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 11:06 pm      

      Well done, sir!

  35. Julia Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 6:58 pm      

    Which rights do apply to us, and which ones don’t? In my opinion as a minor I think that if at school the police man wants to search through my stuff, and he has no explanation or warrant I would consider that a violation of my rights according to amendment 4 of the Bill of Rights. In the 5th amendment I don’t believe that kids under the age of 17 have ever been accused of a capital crime and were sentenced to death until I search on the internet that the youngest human to be put to death was 14 (a lawyer has just recently opened the case, and is still searching for evidence of being innocent). For the 9th amendment I feel it specifically applies to everyone it is also known as natural rights. Some restrictions that we have on our rights are driving, smoking, buying cigarettes, drinking alcoholic beverages, and gambling. In my opinion I think it is fair that we have these restrictions because it keeps us safe and healthy. The additional rights that we have as minors are child labor laws, marriage laws, and we can’t go into bars. I think if these laws weren’t enforced kids would get into a lot more trouble and our livers and possibly out lungs would get unhealthier sooner.

    • Isabella Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 7:53 pm      

      I thought it was nice how you almost went through all the Amendments and told how some things apply to minors, and some things don’t. It was also very interesting to hear that the youngest person to have a death penalty was a 14 year old! That is just absolutely horrible! Especially since it was a juvenile! Aren’t teenagers supposed to be tried less harshly than adults? Obviously they aren’t really old enough to fully reason things out, and haven’t really been alive long enough to learn most of the things adults do! That was crazy for me to hear. I might just want to do some research on that.

  36. Fiona Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 7:00 pm      

    After you turn eighteen you are legally an “adult” and the constitution protects you. So when you are younger than eighteen you cannot do certain things adults can do. For example, minors cannot vote for the president or for the mayor. The First Amendment is the right of petition, religion, speech and press which means that you have the right to say and do what you think is right. Children have some of these rights, but not all. The Fourth Amendment, however, says that you have the protection from unreasonable search and seizure, but searches can be made if someone is under arrest. So if someone gets pulled over for drunk driving then the police officer can search them if they are the same gender. But if someone wants to search your house they must get a warrant. The Fifth Amendment says that you have protection from double jeopardy and eminent domain. This means that everyone has the same process for a trial. You cannot be tried for something twice. The Ninth Amendment says that you have the right to do the things you want to express yourself. For instance, dyeing your hair, or wearing certain clothes. Children don’t have some of these rights but they have most. The only thing they can’t do is vote and petition. This shows that everyone is protected by the bill of rights when they turn eighteen. Children aren’t protected by the bill of rights but they have certain rights. For example, a minor’s name or picture cannot be published on the internet or in public. Also, children have the right to grow up in a happy, loving and understanding family environment. I like that right.

    To conclude, everyone has rights but not everyone is protected by the bill of rights.

    • Cassidy Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 7:04 pm      

      I like how right of the bat you state if you are eighteen you are an illegal adult the was a really good start it took my attention right to it i aslo like how you state each and every amendment and what they are and what you have to say about them and your arguments are all really good i agreed with all of them! Great job im looking forward to your next post 🙂

  37. Cassidy Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 7:01 pm      

    There are so many things that apply to adults but ive noticed not as many to kids. We are expected to think if a kid commits a crime its not as much of there fault but its there parents in a way there parents teach them and its the way they grew up with the parenting.I beileve that but we can choose to change the way we do stuff we can do better or worse then our parents it depends on us.When they put kids in Juvy they think its because its a kid it doesnt apply as much to them as it does with people above the age of 18. As my cousin said on her 18th birthday “Im eighteen and i feel no different” we could be the same person just another age and not get the same consiquences, So we get a smaller one. We could do something way worse then a 18 year old and they can get sentenced death and we can get like 40 years in Juvy Now i dont think this is fair! We are protected till we are eighteen….why eighteen why not 20 or 30!There are also said to be many cases of Unlawful searches and And protesting when the kids are right..yes we may not have thought it was rude but its not in the rule book is it! Some of these cases get taken to the judge and are proven that its not a rule so it was elligal to search but if theres evidence and they told it to the warenty and told them every deatial and they were right and if it is elligal then they can search them and not get in trouble.But if for example like we were talking about in class if a kid is caught smoking on school grounds and is told on but for only smoking and is found with marijuana they cannot get introuble because the person that told was not spasiface enough to state the marijuana and so they cannot get caught for that. Now if they found cigarrets on him then they could get introuble because the person told on the cigarets and nothing else!

    • Matthew Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 7:29 pm      

      I appreciate your ideas, although i disagree. Not all rights are given at 18, some are given as early as 16, and some as late as 25. Also, a human brain is supposed to be fully functional at the age of 20-25, but if we protected people till that age, they may get away with a crime they truly did do fully knowing the consequences, feel free to apply in disagreement. Other than this i would recommend typing your document in word so you don’t misspell or miss the ‘ in I’ve. Overall i think you had good post, it could have just used more facts and a little more poking and prodding. (better word choice, more factual points).

  38. Garrett Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 7:09 pm      

    At a young age, us kids are allowed the right to be protected with security in school. We have a security guard and many cameras throughout the school to watch everything. We also have random drug searches using a drug dog. Teachers as well have security within the school but unlike us they must put themselves before the students in a school setting or emergency. This is one of our many rights that adults don’t have.
    Although it may seem that minors have more rights than adults do, you have to remember that adults are forced to go to work in order to have homes, and food on the table like we have to go to school to get better jobs in the future. Adults are allowed to drive after taking a certain test and they can earn more money than us in most cases, but they aren’t protected from the press when giving names, and they have to pay taxes and mortgage. Frankly being a minor makes me feel better, and safer. For example some websites require an age limit to prevent children from seeing things they shouldn’t even though they could pretend they are older and put in a fake age, that would be there fault.
    As kids the punishments for most crimes aren’t as harsh. We can be tried, and instead of going to a real jail if found guilty we are sent to a juvenile jail. Which is safer and more comforting instead of a real county jail. I think that the rights for a minor are fair and well balanced between an adults rights as a person. Kids are irresponsible enough to drive, and that is why we cannot drive of course. Another big issue is marriage. WE as minors cannot get married until we are 18. I found this as a big right that kids should not be granted because kids can go in and out of a relationship in a week, and are not mature enough.
    I think that kids should have the rights that they have currently with the security and benefits that come with them. I also think that it is fair that kids when grown up lose some of there rights like the security protection, so instead of relying on adults and security officers to watch over them they are able to rely more on themselves. I also think that it is fair to work for the money you earn to keep your house and have food for yourself, so people don’t get lazy even in this tough economy.

    • Eli Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 7:42 pm      

      I like how you said that most kids think that we have more rights, but how the parents had to go out and do things like jobs in order to provide the kids with things… that was a great argument Garrett

    • Mr. Stewart Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 11:14 pm      

      These points are all good, but very few of them deal with the constitutional issues we discussed this week.

  39. Matthew Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 7:23 pm      

    As a student and child I know that I cannot have all f the rights as an adult, and I believe that this is completely and indisputably fair. One such freedom is the 4th amendment, ever since the New Jersey vs. TLO Supreme Court case. In this case it was determined that the school has certain parental rights when students are in the building. This means that while in the school a teacher has every right to search a student on reasonable suspicion (as long as the teacher isn’t doing anything unreasonable…). Another group of freedoms we don’t have as children are what I call the maturity freedoms, which include drinking alcohol, voting and smoking. These three freedoms are revoked from children because of the lack of restraint or proper judgment as kids. You may be a child or a teenager that is offended by the accusation of immaturity, science has proven time and time again that a child is not fully developed mentally, specifically in the frontal lobe. Because of this kids have not been seen fit for these freedoms, and I believe we are not fit.
    There are also some rights that children have that adults do not. The main freedom among these is that a child cannot be sent to jail for a crime when they are under 14, 15, or 16 (depending on the state and situation. Instead these children are sent to reform schools, where the goal is not to punish the children necessarily, but instead try to create responsible citizens, and as an adult you can assume they constantly decided to do wrong, as a kid may not.
    Lastly, I strongly believe in rights being fudged in certain situations, either by adding more rights, or restricting the current ones.

    • Emma Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 8:28 pm      

      That’s a really interesting argument! I absolutely agree that we aren’t mature enough to take on the rights of an adult and have the ability to vote and what not. That is a really valid point. Maturity freedoms!

  40. Eli Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 7:37 pm      

    Us at a young age have quite a bit of rights and most of them are pretty much fair. Although once we lose all of these kid rights when we are 18, some still dont apply as us getting of the hook. I mean we still cant go out and do drugs or commit a murder (i hope no one really does that anyway). We still have to follow some of these rights, some might make us upset, but adults had to deal with it and so do we. And yes as a minor we go through times so fast we probably will become the next stage, or at the next age, in a time period that will go by in a flash. so i think we should follow these right we have. “There are things that should not be done to them for the simple reason that they are human. At the same time children are different from adult human beings and it seems reasonable to think that there are things children may not do that adults are permitted to do” said the Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy. I agree with them because we dont just get away from every thing just because we are kids. So i think in a way we Americans have some parents that poorly treat their kids and most of them just take it in. I think they need to stand up for themselves so they can be just as happy as anyone else. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rights-children/

  41. David Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 7:41 pm      

    I have been a citizen of the US my whole life and I never really noticed that a juvenile rights are limited in many different ways. For example all adults 18 and up are given all the rights our country has to offer, while our rights such as the freedom of speech and press are limited. These limitations are most noticeable once you enter a school. Two examples are in a speech you are not allowed to cuss while a captive audience is listening or inappropriate articles in a school newspaper can be censored out by a principle. Another example of a limitation on school property was the Supreme Court case New Jersey v.T.L.O, 1985 explaining when a minor enters a school campus the school acts as a legal guardian until the student leaves, so they can search and seize you without a warrant as displayed in this case with T.L.O. Personally, I think these restrictions are somewhat necessary to keep the order of children at a school.
    There are also advantages to being a minor under the age of 18. If you are charged of a crime you cannot be put in jail depending on the crime you commit, but if it’s considered serious such as a murder you could be taken on trial as an adult. This right was created so minors can experience the consequences of a crime. Another good right is if a minor is accused of a crime they have personal privacy from the press. In other words the news cannot post anything relating to you and your case. This is very helpful because if the newspaper posted a crime a child was accused of then the minor would have no personal privacy. These advantages enable minors to learn from their mistakes before they become adults. I personally think that because we are minors we are different from adults and we should have certain limitations because of our understanding of the world.

  42. Carsen Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 7:45 pm      

    While it may seem rules are a non-stop list that all don’t seem fare, we shouldn’t take them for granted because they help and protect us but do they all apply to us teens? There was a report of a teen caring a firearm in his backpack at a school he had no intent to harm anyone, he was taken to court and was found guilty. Even though it says in the Bill of Rights that you have the rights to bear arms. The reason this happened is because as a minor his rights have changed so he can’t bring harm to himself or others. While he said he had no intent to harm or even take out the gun he still is a minor and can make irrational and ignorant decisions . So the rules of the Bill of Rights to minors are completely logical and are very necessary.

    • Murrell, Adrian Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 8:04 pm      

      I agree Carsen, and the whole thing about the teenager taken to court for having the firearm in his backpack, i think the BOR rights are neccesary

    • Keva Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 9:11 pm      

      I totally agree with you, as teens all our rights change as we enter a school building, usually. But I know why he was found guilty, even if he says he wasn’t going to use it it is still not allowed in the building based on future accidents. Overall great job,I liked how you found a case on the 2nd amendment.

  43. Isabella Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 7:46 pm      

    Your blog was very well done Peter! The topic/thesis paragraph was attention grabbing and I completely agree with you on your second paragraph on how you would draw the line past searching backpacks. I also thought it was pretty clever how you said “… But I shouldn’t complain because I get free food and stuff. It’s like insurance that expires at 18.” Very nice job Peter!

  44. Becca M Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 7:49 pm      

    What I have learned about the Bill of rights is that the first amendment is the freedom of religion, speech, assembly and petition. As a minor I have learned that my freedom of speech can be regulated by the adults in my life. For example, the school I attend can punish me for using fowl language and as adults this is not punishable. This would be considered censorship and a violation of their freedom of speech. However, students cannot use fowl language. Also, minors cannot choose their religion, because that choice is made for them by their parents. It is not until they turn 18 that they can attend or not attend the church of their choice. This makes me feel a little frustrated that they adults in my life are controlling, but it also makes me feel safe, because I don’t know everything and need help with making good choice.
    One of things that I am protected against is, I cannot be punished as harshly as an adult, because I am a minor. This is a good rule, because as a young person I don’t understand all my consequences and should not be punished for my lack of knowledge. This makes me feel safe and protected.

    • Emma Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 8:23 pm      

      I agree that sometimes I feel a little bit controlled. I also really like your example about how minors can’t be charged as harshly as adults because of our lack of knowledge. You’re right, it is a good law and its nice to be protected against our own ignorance.However, I disagree on your point about religion. I chose to be a Christian, it wasn’t forced on me by my parents. I really like the rest of your points though!

    • Mr. Stewart Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 10:21 pm      

      Quick clarification: “foul” = bad “fowl” = bird

  45. Sydney Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 7:51 pm      

    As a minor I understand that some restrictions are to protect us. I understand the need for protection of identification of minors on major media and such. What I’ve never write understood is why kids under 18 cannot get things such as maybe a piercing or tattoo without parental consent. I don’t think 6 year olds should be allowed but people 13 and up should be able to have the rights to there bodies and what they do to them. If I wanted to get a tattoo shouldn’t I have the right to do that? To do something that I know I am clearly responsible and paying for? These rights are rights that should be protected by the 9th amendment. Though I do think there should be freedom in the alternation of a minors body, if one wishes to get a major piercing such as through the tongue or a large, visible tattoo, they should have consent and the accompaniment of their parent or legal guardian. Things like ears pierced or a small tattoo that can be concealed by clothes should not require parents. Its an infringement on the rights of citizens and, more specifically, minors.

  46. Joel Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 7:54 pm      

    We all live in the land of the free but that does not necessarily mean that we are truly free. During this week we all learned a lot about the amendments and all about them and the first amendment states that we have the freedom of religion, speech, press, peaceful assembly, and petition. So during school we do not completely have all of these freedoms. For example I am not allowed to use curse words or inappropriate language during school hours. This is kind of breaking the rules of the first amendment. That is one way you could think of me having restrictions as a minor. In the 4th amendment it states that, It is the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. In a summary this amendment means that no person may search my property without a probable cause and/or a warrant. Now there was a case were students were smoking in the restrooms at a school, and those students were sent to the principal’s office. The principle searches one of the student’s belongings. This was a violation of the fourth amendment but in this case he did have a probable cause. Plus the students were on school grounds and the principle did not get in trouble for searching the student’s belongings. Now about the content of the Fifth Amendment. The Fifth Amendment is just pretty much stating court rules if you have committed a crime. The Fifth Amendment does not really mean anything to me, because I have never been to court and/or committed a crime. The 9th amendment means that I cannot have personal freedoms that violate someone else’s freedoms. For example I have the freedom to believe whatever I want and I cannot force others to belief in the thing I want. So that is how some of the amendment applies to me as a minor.

    • Daniel S. Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 8:04 pm      

      Nicely done Joel
      I like how you told us what the amendments mean and how they apply to you but apply some outside sources on cases on which rights have been violated.

  47. Mikey G Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 7:57 pm      

    Before learning about these amendments, i didn’t really think about how we as kids maybe had some restrictions on our rights, and additional rights the adults do not have. Like how at school, if the school has suspicion that you posses drugs or weapons. I think its fair that we are sometimes restricted with our rights because (kind of like josh said), yes, some of our rights are restricted, but we do have additional rights as kids. For example we have the right to always have a place to stay no matter what and adults don’t have that.

  48. Murrell, Adrian Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 8:02 pm      

    As minors we have the right to not have our name or face shown in the media, and we also have the right to 3 meals a day and a shelter. We don’t have Ridiculous rights like killing people and getting away with it. “Congress shall make no law
    respecting an establishment of religion,
    or prohibiting the free exercise
    thereof; or abridging the freedom of
    speech, or of the press; or the right of
    the people peaceably to assemble, and
    to petition the government for a
    redress of grievances.”
    These rights are provided by http://www.ala.org/alsc/sites/ala.org.alsc/files/content/issuesadv/intellectualfreedom/kidsknowyourrights.pdf

  49. Jonny Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 8:06 pm      

    minors have rights and restrictions. Us as minors, we need to obey the rights and restrictions from our government. the rights minors have are different than adults. some rights are: To go to school (eagleview) to learn, to not have your face and identity shown on TV, and you can have your own privacy of yourself and your belongings. we also have restrictions for us too which keeps us safe. some of them are: you cannot vote(just so you won’t make a wrong choice when voting). you are limited to speech at school(you are the schools responsibility when you are on school property). also at school, you can be searched just like i said in the parentheses. see, we (minors) have ups and downs for our rights. these restrictions and rights keep minors safe.

  50. Emma Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 8:12 pm      

    Should everyone have equal rights? Is everyone truly equal? Minors apparently don’t qualify for all the rights in the Constitution. However, that raises another question: Should minors have every right that adults have? Would it be safe if they did? All Rights come with responsibility. If minors were actually protected by the Fifth Amendment, then students could sue schools for bringing in drug dogs to search the classrooms, parents would have to ask permission to go into their own child’s room (or get a warrant) and students could hide anything in their lockers because they would be accessed by them and only them. If students were protected by the First Amendment then anything could be said in school newspapers, blogs, assignments, and in the halls or to teachers and staff. A student could ridicule a teacher in front of the entire class, but if punished, argue that their First Amendment rights had been violated. Luckily, these rights don’t apply until anyone reaches the age of 18. Until then, parents have most of the say in what’s allowed or not and teachers act en Loco Parentis……….. In other words they stand in for the parents at school. But that doesn’t mean that minors don’t have any rights at all. They have the right to be fed and clothed properly, the right to privacy, and the right to personal expression. Since the parents are in charge of the minor until they are 18 it is the parent’s job to take care of most of these rights. I think that by withholding some rights and bestowing others to minors, everything balances out and we have a system that keeps almost everyone happy.

    • Caroline Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 8:23 pm      

      I really like your blog this week Emma. I didn’t look at it that way, i didn’t think about if kids did have the same rights as adults, how the US would be different.

    • Shelby Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 8:41 pm      

      My Gosh Emma!! What an awesome well written response. I understand how you think that kids shouldn’t get the same rights as the adults. The part where you said, “All rights come with responsibility.” that is totally true and it does in fact come with great amounts of trust, responsibility and the ability to see and use the rights correctly. Nice job and I really enjoy reading yours!!

    • Mr. Stewart Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 10:28 pm      

      Great post. One point to mention, only use three periods when making ellipses (…), any more and it means the period key is stuck on your computer.

  51. Joey Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 8:14 pm      

    The bill of rights has many unalienable rights but freedom of speech is probably one that we take for granted the most. In the first amendment it states that a state cannot have one religion that everyone must follow. The first amendment also goes over free speech, press, assembly, and petition. In the fourth amendment, it says that you cannot be searched without a warrant and the warrant must state what is being looked for. If something is found during the search that they were not looking for you won’t be charged until the police get a different warrant. In the Fifth Amendment it states how you have the right to remain silent in court even if being questioned. As a minor you need to have a guardian and cannot drink or drive. At school the teachers become your guardian according to “en loco parentis” and your do not need a warrant to be searched at school because the teachers and principals are considered your guardians. This doesn’t make me mad at all because I know that I am protected from drugs or alcohol it actually makes me feel more relaxed at school. We also have additional rights like, If we commit a crime as a minor we don’t go to jail. I think that is so we don’t live in the same place as adult criminals.

    • Derek Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 9:08 pm      

      Joey great job just a few things I found that were possibly a little off but, when you said, “If we commit a crime as a minor we don’t go to jail.” You can still go to jail depending on how bad the crime was, for example if I was guilty of first degree murder I would most likely go to jail(correct me if I’m wrong). Also I didn’t know that, “If something is found during the search that they were not looking for you won’t be charged until the police get a different warrant.” I thought that was interesting. but over all very good!

      • Mr. Stewart Said,

        January 16, 2012@ 9:35 pm      

        Good response. This is appropriate criticism!

  52. Lauren Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 8:14 pm      

    1st Freedom of Religion, Speech, Assembly, Press, and Petition
    4th Searches and Seizures
    5th Criminal Proceedings; Due Process; Eminent Domain
    9th Unremunerated Right

    The amendments are protection over every citizen’s rights. Whether you’re a miner or not you have rights and no one can violate them. When you’re a miner (under 18) there are some amendments that don’t apply to you and some that do. For example when you’re a miner you always need a guardian so when you go to school your teachers are responsible. Although if a teacher needs to search you because they suspect something, it says in the 4th amendment it protects you from unreasonable searches, but you can’t deny the teacher because they are acting as your guardian at that time. Also when you are a miner and you commit a crime it protects your name and face. The news will only say your three initials but this changes when you’re an adult. When you’re over 18 your picture can appear on the news and your full name can be printed. I am very thankful that these rights were made I’m very glad that they took into consideration under aged Americans. They could have blown us off and given us the same responsibilities as older adults which would not have been fair.

  53. Caroline Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 8:17 pm      

    The US constitution doesn’t say anything about minors rights but kids and teens have “special” rights because they don’t know everything they need to know before they can make the right decisions. For example kids under 18 cant go and see an R rated movie without an adult there with them, this is because some kids don’t know what is appropriate for their age group. When a kid under 18 is on tv, you usually see their face blacked out, this is because kids have the right to privacy, un like adults. Kids have very different rights in the judicial system, if they are tried as juveniles the court records are sealed and their record is deleted after a cretin amount of time. They are treated very differently when they are arrested as well, their legal guardian is responsible for their kids actions, for example if a kid gets caught shop lifting, they have to call their parents. Children do have all the basic rights that adults have, but there are some exceptions.

  54. Peter Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 8:17 pm      

    As a American and a student, there are many punishments for crimes over 18 and under. They’re many restrictions as you become of age of adulthood, however you give many rights as you enter different states, public assembly, and schoolsl. That fact is that you are protected in most cases of harsh punishment as stated in the Bill of Rights if you are a minor. In many states they have different rules in the court of law. In many different cases the jury decides if a minor is innocent or guilty of the crime they were convicted of. If you are under the age of 18 during a session they cannot by law, put your picture or name in the press. The press can however tell your age and what you are be tried of. The restrictions of 18 can be changed. You can be put on trial and possibly put on in jail as young as 15.

    The law is changed over the years. You are protected as minor but if really depends on the crime. The law has saved minors lives because the were not charged underage. The bill of Rights is necessary because is saves your Rights of religion,speech,press,assembly,and petition in just Amendment1. There have been some cases were the evidence was obtained illegally and the person on trial was found innocent. That is a violation of amendment four unless reasonable bought, The are many pros and cons of becoming the age of adulthood because you obtain rights and you give up rights just as a minor more rights apply to you as a minor.

  55. Hannah Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 8:26 pm      

    Life is about rights and responsibilities. A lot of people make noise about their rights but few people talk about their responsiblities as citizens. As kids, it’s true we have less rights than adults, but what rights exactly are we talking about? My cousin just signed up for the Marines a pretty heavy responsiblity. He’s 18 and not a minor any more. Yea, about that…I’m kind glad I’m a kid and not going to some scary country to shoot the enemy. We are protected from being sent into battle. We are also protected from being put into work. There are laws protecting children in America that other countries don’t have. Some kids in other nations work in disgusting and dirty jobs for little money from the time they are five. I’m glad my dad provides for our family and that we live in America so I didn’t have to go work somewhere as a little child. Sunday we went to church and no one tried to stop us. The first amendment is clear that as Americans we can worship as we choose. That is a right available to all ages. Sure the founding fathers were mostly thinking about adults but it’s adults who have all the responsibilities too! Those men were fighting and dying for freedom. But they were also thinking about kids because “human” rights don’t have an age attached to them! Over all, I’m glad I’m a kid!!

    • Lillian Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 9:35 pm      

      i never thought about not being sent to war i think that was a really good point, same with the whole little kids having to work in other countries. which is really sad.so ya i really liked your points.

    • Ashley Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 10:32 pm      

      I really liked your story about your cousin. Also how you mentioned,” I’m glad I’m a minor because I wouldn’t won’t to go to a scary country and shoot enemies” that is another great way of thinking that it is still good to be a minor.

    • Mr. Stewart Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 9:46 pm      

      Hadn’t thought of worker’s protection and military protection when I concocted this post. Good idea~

  56. Nickolas Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 8:32 pm      

    All citizens of the United States are to receive rights. Whether that citizen is an adult or a minor. However certain rights are violated because one is under the age of eighteen. Certain rights such as freedom of press, right of search and seizure regulated, provisions concerning prosecution, and rule of construction constitution.
    Our first amendment right is the freedom of speech/expression. This right seems to be violated because we are not allowed to do thing we think is okay if our spectator disagrees with what it is we are trying to express. For example, Tinker v Des Moines. In this case these “minors” were suspended for a silent protest.The protest was to wear armbands and the their principle said no to the protest and they still did the protest any way.The reason why the right were violated in this case as a minor is because the armbands were harmless toward everyone and because their were under the age of 18 they were punished for something that did nothing negative. These minors were deprived of their first amendment rights because they were under the age of eighteen.
    Another right that children and teens are robbed of is the right of search without a warrant. We disinherit this right as minors,especially in a public setting. Since minors are often at school we are bare of this right because if someone had something that could harm another. That would need to be searched right away. If the leader of the public setting had to take the time to get real warrant the student could of cause harm to others in the time it took to get the warrant. For example New York vs TLO in 1985. This case happened when two girls were caught smoking in the bathroom. One of them admitted to the crime and the other denied ever smoking and the teacher was just trying to get her trouble.
    The school however would not take her word for it and they searched through her stuff. In her purse they found marijuana packaged like she was looking to sell it and a pipe. Since she was in a public setting she may have caused harm to others with the drugs.
    Both these situations are rights that are taken away. These right are denied mostly for safety reasons. I personally agree with both the rights being denied to some extent. We also gain certain right as a minor one is that we are not punished as hardly as adults are. I believe that we are granted these right as minors because we will be in school till high school and that minors wouldn’t commit as bad as crimes as an adult might.I personally believe these right are fair and everyone should have right even if their are constricted to some extent.

  57. Kate Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 8:45 pm      

    The right to protection of privacy is just one of the many Ammendments that applies to us minors. Some others such as the right to not be thrown in jail for say, an infant accidentaly shooting their older brother with one of it’s parent’s guns, or for stealing a pair of pants from a store. The government does this for many reasons. First of all, because we are young and they think we don’t fully understand the sevarity of what we did. If we are convicted of a crime then the right of privacy prevails and our names aren’t released to the public. Children are able to be fed and clean as well
    There are more rights that prevent us from getting to do things than actually getting to do things. Vote, drink alchoholic beverages, get a job (Up until about 13), and first Ammendment rights too. When we are younger than 18, Voting in an election is strictly forbidden by law because the government thinks we aren’t mature enough to make the desisions of our country’s future. IT’S LIKE OUR VOTES TOTALY COUNT IN AN ELECTION! I find I am in the middle of this debate but I kinda have to agree with them on the point of Drinking. Our bodily functions haven’t matured enough to handle alcohol so just one beer could potentialy have the effect of poison on a young body like ours. We don’t really have first ammendment rights either because our parents are kind of like our dictators saying what we can and can’t do, what we can and can’t say, what religion you practice. When you step into the threshold of your home, your parents’ ‘Bill of Rights’ takes over and you have to obey what ever they say. Same goes for school. When you step onto federal property, a whole new set of rules and regulations overpower what you did when you weren’t there.
    Having minors privacy protected

    • Kate Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 8:46 pm      

      rest comming soon

      • Mr. Stewart Said,

        January 16, 2012@ 9:49 pm      


  58. Shelby Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 8:54 pm      

    I learned quite a deal of things from the amendments while we were learning them. First off I learned that we have protections as “minors,” and that some apply to me as well as others. The amendments that apply to me mostly are freedom of religion, speech, search and seizures, protection of persons and property and rights not enumerated retained by the people. The freedom of religion allows me to be a Mormon. I can be taught any religion I want and not have to be forced to be in another church. I also can have a say in what I want and not be told to go away and not be a part in what I think is right. This allows me to say that you can’t search me without a warrant in hand and not go through my personal belongings. There are restrictions that we minors have that adults don’t have which are that we can’t bring a gun into school to protect us, but people with license can carry around them. Another restriction we have is that our name and identity is kept secret when it comes to being put on the media. Our name and picture are not included but what crime us minors may do is kept away from the news. Adults will have their picture and name included in the media if they do something amazing or do a crime. These restrictions make me feel special. I mean is that we can be safe at school without anyone carrying a gun into the school, safe from anyone knowing who we are in the media and other things that help us keep us a secret. Some additional legal rights we have as kids under eighteen are that our legal guardian must feed, clothe, and nurture and care for us. We have to be taken care of because we aren’t full adults yet and we have to have a home to stay in. These rights are granted to us because of our understanding of the U.S. and how it pertains to our life. Well we all have to agree that our school is another home and all of us go to it do the adults try and make it safe for other people. We need these limits to help everyone and keep us from anything harmful. If we didn’t have the amendments, then I think that we could be seriously like a world gone mad. We take these amendments and use them to be the citizens we are today and hopefully all of us understand being a minor helps us with ourselves and help us be free until eighteen.



    • Yale Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 9:17 pm      

      Shelby, you mentioned that school was like another home. I never thought of school being another home away from home. I also love how you mentioned every right that a minor has from the first amendment and how we cant bring a weapon to school to how they have to feed clothe and provide us shelter.

  59. Derek Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 9:02 pm      

    As a minor you are restricted to many things, one being minors are only allowed to buy E and T rated games without a parent or going to see a movie like a rated R movie. I think that this would fall under the first amendment, and that the government is saying that you can’t make your own choices, and by saying it’s “against the law”. Also minors are limited to the amount of work they are allowed to do and where they can work. If you are a certain age, yet still a minor, you should not be limited to the work you can do for a job. But there are also perks to being a minor. If you are convicted of a crime the press does not have the right to publish your name or photo in the paper. Also you have the right to a speedy, public, trial. You have the right to a jury and an attorney. Everything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Minor have the right to free speech, but the word’s said cannot cause harm to others around you and your right to free speech is limited in a school area.

  60. HadleighAnn Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 9:05 pm      

    When we are born we receive, Natural (Born Rights). Being a when we are born we receive, Natural (Born Rights) possession certain rights may change for our protection. We don’t get the same freedom of the press rights and others.
    If a minor was found with drugs in their locker during a drug dog search being under the age of 18 having possession of cigarettes or even any drugs in general is illegal. Since the locker is possession of the school we do not have an option to be searched with a warrant because police officers, teachers, principals, ect act as a parent.
    In the Tinker case the first amendment freedom of press, this right was violated because they were not allowed to show their opinion about the Vietnam War. I think that if they were 18 or older and not in a school setting their freedom of speech right would not have been taken away because they would still have that right as an adult.
    In both of these situation minors rights change because of different settings that minors are involved in. So in my opinion some of our rights are not taken away but altered.

  61. Tony Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 9:07 pm      

    As a minor, I believe that I have rights, but they can be restricted from me in certain situations. Situations meaning certain places in this example. At school I am not always granted the freedom of speech under the First Amendment, meaning if I go to a public assembly with my fellow classmates in the audience, I can’t really “speak my mind”. In other words, I can’t be saying profanity and using sexual phrases because I would be in violation of the school’s expectations and could be faced with serious consequences such as being expelled from school. Another right of ours that is being minimized from the First Amendment is our freedom of press. For example if a school wanted to write something in that year’s Yearbook and it had some content that the principle did not approve of, he/she could have that section taken out if he/she thought was necessary. In conclusion, we as minors do have the rights all American’s receive. It is that minors won’t get all of them because we are expected less of every adult and may misuse the rights that are given to us.

    • Dylon Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 11:00 pm      

      tony i like what you are saying in this but you kind of always go back to the first ammendment. talk about another freedom we have that adults dont and tell some freedoms they have we dont mix it up a little and dont talk about the first ammendment the whole entire time other then that i liked what you said about being in an assembly and not being able to speak freely. good job!

  62. Cole Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 9:10 pm      

    We as citizens of the united states have rights but because we are minors some of them have been restricted. As minors some of the right like the right to bear arms are excluded from us. A 17 year old was found with a .380 semiautomatic handgun and got in trouble even though he was just carrying for defense if needed. Also we have been deprived of the 4th amendment in schools. If a member of the school staff is suspecting that a student is in possetion of drugs or weapons and has a good reason to think so they can get you and your stuff checked. These are important rights to be taken away for the safety of other people and for our safety. Also we gain some rights from being minors. As minors if we get in trouble and arrested we aren’t charged as harshly. A reason for this is that as minors we don’t always no the full consequences of our actions. The rights that have been givin and taken from us minors are important for our safety and our wellbeing and we need to respect that.

  63. Morse, Jessica Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 9:11 pm      

    The first Amendment states and gurantees that we as Americans have the freedom of religion, speech and press. Even as a minor, I do have the right to worship any religion that I choose and as any other US citizen, I have the right to state and say what I think regardless of others standards. The fourth and fifth Amendments state that you have protection against unreasonable searches and seizure, you are guranteed a trial by jury and guarded against double jeporady and self-incrimination. As minors in the court if we are being charged with a crime the same rights apply to us the only difference is based on the intensity of the crime most minors are charged as juveniles. When adults have every right to deny any unauthorized search or seizure we. thank goodness as minors have the same rules and rights that apply to the adults otherwise most of us would have our belongings searched often due to any level of suspicion, especially in schools. Overall, most of the Amendments apply to us just as well as they do to adults although we still may not be able to legally move out until we are eighteen or change our names we still have much more privlages then most children and minors have in other countries.

    • Mr. Stewart Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 9:39 pm      

      Any level of suspicion does warrant a search in the school setting.

  64. Tony Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 9:12 pm      

    Eddie, I thought that you had a very well thought out response that included very descriptive details from what we have been previously learning in class.

  65. Daniel S. Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 9:13 pm      

    I, as a minor, believe that the restrictions that apply to the rights of minors (1st, 4th, 5th, and 9th Amendments) are necessary because, as minors, we don’t understand fully of what the constitution means and its consequences. The limitations include: protesting in public areas (school), age to get a driver’s license, age requirement to attend school, legal drinking age, ect. The reason why children do not have the same rights as an adult: children are vulnerable, limited decision-making capacity, and the parents to make their decisions.



  66. Lillian Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 9:27 pm      

    This is true that we don’t have the same rights because we are under eighteen. I don’t think that this is bad because some of them are better for kids than adults. Like when you are under eighteen and you do a crime the press can’t publish your name or your picture, because they want to protect your privacy as a kid. I feel that by doing this since we are just kids we can learn from it for when we are older and then they can publish your name your picture all your information to the press. I think that some of the rights that we get that are pretty important are freedom of religion, speech, press, peacefully assemble and petition. I feel that in public school sometimes we don’t get all of these rights. Like when your are at school you cant really protest because they probably wont like what you are trying to say and possible suspend you. Also in public school you don’t always have freedom of speech I mean if you say something a teacher or staff member doesn’t like you could get in big trouble for it. So that would be our rights that get restricted since we are under eighteen and we go to school.

    • Devynn Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 9:44 am      

      i like your points Lilly. it is true that we have rights to protect us as minors. i like that you took a stand on both sides, it made your post strong. good job understanding what the rights for us are. good job, Lilly.

  67. Caleb Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 9:32 pm      

    Rights, something that has been in our sociatey for hundreds of years. Children and young adults have been around even longer. When these two things collide we are found with an interesting case of new rights that only apply to minors. When you read the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 9th Amendments in the U.S. Bill of Rights, you find out that most things apply to every citizen. The 1st Amendment is the right to petition, protest, assemble, press, and speech; minors have all of these except petition. The 4th Amendment is the right to no unlawful search or seizure; minors have this right. The 5th Amendment is the right to legal trial and eminent domain; minors have these rights. The 9th Amendment is the right for people who are not listed specifically in the Constitution to express themselves freely.
    But as minors do we really have the same right as adults? Restrictions are placed on us but I find them fair and reasonable. We cannot vote in elections, which I think is fair because I am not sure I want to make a really big choice like that. We can’t drink alcohol, which I think is a very fair law because minors are not as responsible and might not have as much control with drinking, so these laws are fair and reasonable.
    I feel that extra restrictions for minors are fine as are as long as there not unreasonable. I think they could ease up on rights like having an adult and I.D. with you if you are going to see and R rated movie, or schools blocking sites like YouTube. Although I am sure that most of these rules are there to protect us. But like the case between T.L.O. and New Jersey, if a student is found with suspiscion of having drugs I think that it is OK to search a student, (if there is evidence they have abused school rules).
    As for rights of our own, we have few. No one can unreasonably search through our belongings.If I committed a crime a description of the crime and my name and face couldn’t be put on newspapers, reported on the news or posted on web forums and blogs. This is a right set in place so that we as minor don’t get hurt by the community. But personally I think that minors rights are reasonable, and that those we can’t use yet are okay too.

  68. Yale Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 9:33 pm      

    Being under the age of 18 gives us acceptations and restrictions of the U.S. Constitution. The first amendment gives us the right to speech, press, religion, petition, and assembly. Though we are minors we still apply to this amendment but there are limitations. When we are in a public school there are limits on what we say. In the Tinker vs. Des Moines school district in 1969 tinker, his sister Mary Beth, and a friend wore black arm bands in protest of the Vietnam war. Their rights were violated. As long they did not cause harm to themselves or others. Amendment 4 states the right to a search and seizure. As a minor were protected by this right…….with some acceptations. When were on school property if any teacher has any kind of suspicion or if a kid tells a teacher that they think someone is carrying a weapon, has drugs in school or anything that can potentially harm themselves or anyone else can be searched without a warrant. Amendment 5 states the rights of the accused. Minors also have this right. Thought our faces, names, and/or anything personal about us cannot be shown on the news, the newspaper or any kind of press. Also minors need to be clothed, fed, and sheltered. Also With the 5th amendment depending on the age and the state any minor over the age of 15 can be tried as and adult.

    • Mr. Stewart Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 11:04 pm      

      acceptations? Do you mean “exceptions?”

  69. Jordan Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 9:34 pm      

    once an American citizen turns 18, they are no longer considered a minor. which means that they will gain and loose some rights.minors are protected by the 1st amendment, 4th, 5th, and the 9th. but as a minor we are also restricted by some of these amendments, for example the first amendment says that we have freedom of speech, but we can not say or do anything that will disturb, distract, or offend another person. an example of how we are protected is, if a minor commits a crime his or her name will not be placed in the newspaper,tv, radio ect. i think as a minor it is great that we are protected and restricted

  70. Isabella Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 9:35 pm      

    The amendments apply to everyone, but for almost each person they can mean a different thing. Especially when it comes to adults and minors. For me, the restrictions that apply to us make sense. In the first amendment, it states that everyone has the freedom of assembly, speech, petition, religion, and press. But for minors, there are limits to these. We do have the right to speech, but when it comes to things like having a captive audience, we cannot use the same language that we would with friends. We can’t use inappropriate language or metaphors, because they might cause people to be uncomfortable or offended. That’s not fair considering the audience is kind of forced to be there. Another restriction we have on the first amendment is the freedom of press. Even though we have information on many topics, and opinions on different things, sometimes the school won’t allow the public publishing of all those things. For example, even if you have a really good article on teen pregnancy for the school newspaper, the principle could decide that it is unfit for all the school to be able to read about that stuff. Yet another restriction we have on the first amendment is petition and assembly. But it isn’t so much a restriction, as it is a limitation. We can have the ability to petition and assembly, as long as it doesn’t effect the learning experience of others and their educational rights. An example of that is if someone petitioned against an unfair assignment and got all their friends to gather up with them, they can’t go and block the doors to the school and not allow anyone in. It disables people from getting into the school, and learning what they need to learn, and doesn’t allow the schools faculty to do their jobs. For adults though, they do not have these limitations. It makes sense though, considering at that age they are supposed to have fully matured and should know better to do all these things.
    In the fourth amendment, it states that people are protected from unlawful searches and seizures. But for some reason, minors rights on this amendment are restricted too. I believe that no matter the age, people should have a warrant/court order to proceed to search somebody. Like in the T.L.O case, they should have more than reasonable suspicion before they searched her. Just because somebody broke the law (in her case, smoking before she was 18), doesn’t mean they are no longer a person. But when it comes to minors, once they enter school ground, they are put under a new set of rules. The teachers/staff at school become the authority figure for the students. So even if they don’t have proof they are able to search your things, just like your parents. Even if they are not our parents, they are responsible for the safety of yourself and others.
    When it comes to the 5th amendment, minors have almost a different set of rules than adults. When adults are tried for a crime, they are tried more harshly than minors because they know what right from wrong is, and should fully understand what is considered a crime. But for minors, their reasoning abilities have not fully developed, so they are not really fully capable of thinking things through and understanding the consequences. Also because, sometimes they aren’t always the sharpest tools in the shed. So even if they did commit a crime, they should not be judged by it later on in life, after they figured out what they did was wrong.
    In the 9th amendment, it pretty much says that the rights on the Bill of Rights are not the only rights limited to people. Like if a person wanted to paint there house black and white, they can without being punished. Or if an adult wanted to wear a shirt saying “I love alcohol”, him/her would not get in trouble. But if a minor were to wear that shirt, then there would be a problem. If anything it just depends on the situation and the age of the person.
    Minors have certain legal rights granted to them because of their age. An example of that is we get more of a right to privacy than adults. So if a teenager were to murder there parent, their name wouldn’t be put all over the internet, or their picture wouldn’t be posted in the New York Times. But if a person over 18 were to murder his/her parents, their name and face would probably be all over the news. Minors also have some sort of internet protection, that doesn’t allow anyone to look us up directly. This helps since when it comes to the internet, their is really not a lot of things being able to protect adults from being stalked. But since we are minors, and probably not very good at hiding our true identities, this law makes it harder for someone to try and find us. A restriction minors have is that we are not able to drink or smoke. This is a very fair and reasonable limitation, because drinking and smoking cause major harm to the body, limiting ones own life-span. Also because drinking and smoking affect a person’s brain. So if an adolescent were to have started drinking at the age of 10, by the time they are 21 they would probably have major damage to their organs and mental state. It also makes sense because once a person is old enough to smoke and drink, they are fully responsible for their own well being. So any harm that came from them doing drugs and alcohol would be their own fault.

  71. Jordan Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 9:43 pm      

    As children according to the constitution, we have several differences in our rights from adults. Some benefit us and some are more beneficial for the country itself. The first and foremost one that comes to everyone’s mind is the fact that we can’t vote. According to the 26th amendment, all citizens must be older than 18 to have the legal right to vote. For me, I still have to wait 4 years till I’m 18, and then an extra year more till the first presidential election I can vote on.
    Besides voting though, we are also limited in the rights the fourth amendment has to offer. We are still protected from illegal, but it can be some what token away on public grounds like school. We talked about the scenario of the student who was searched for drugs, and how the parents sued. They claimed that the principle did an illegal search and that she violated the fourth amendment. However, in court, the school was not charged with the violation of the students rights. This was because they had authority over the student.
    Yes, we can’t vote, and yes, we are limited in our protection of searches and seizures, but the thing we do have that adults don’t have the right to is our privacy. Normally, when an adult commits a crime, it’s going to be all over the news. Not just that, but the criminal will be publicly known; his name, gender, and anything we should know about him. However if someone under the age of 18 commits a crime or does something worth noting on the news, he or she can choose whether or not to make herself known around America. Of course, they could be mentioned over the news briefly, but the ID of the person will remain safe and secure and unknown to society.
    I believe as younger people under the law, we have few different rights. Some are very beneficial to us while some are less beneficial. However, it’s all just what comes along with having the freedom everyone of us receives.


    • Alexa Said,

      January 12, 2012@ 11:15 pm      

      Jordan, i enjoyed reading your post because you didn’t just list the topics we discussed in class. i like how you clearly researched the amendments and went as far as the 26th amendment, and labeled all of the topics you wrote about with the amendment that you got the information from. I also read your post and i completely forgot to think about our voting rights, that we must be 18 to legally vote. Overall great post, nice job.

  72. Alli Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 9:44 pm      

    As minors, a few of our rights are more limited than adults. Rights such as when and or whether we are in school, or the rules which have been set up at our schools, (i.e. dressing appropriately or not doing or saying things that will harm other students) are limited for very important reasons. These limited rights are for the safety of our peers, to ensure a proper learning environment, and because we are minors and we don’t have parents to watch us at school, our teachers are our legal guardians when we are in school.

    We also don’t get the right to vote until we are 18. This law is very important because what would happen to our country if 10 year olds who don’t even know who Obama is, what he stands for, or what he has done in the past, have the opportunity to vote for or against him. We need educated citizens who are voting for the good of their country.

    Restrictions on the rights of those that are under 18 can be frustrating. The rights of youth under 18 are restricted by their parents, as they have custody of us. And the restrictions of those rights can at times be hard to understand. However, our parents are responsible for us, and usually their experience and wisdom will protect us from harmful influences or decisions.

    Overall, I believe that the rights we are restricted of are for our safety and the good of our country.

  73. Blake Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 9:45 pm      

    Until the age of 18 all the children in America are considered minors. Until you are the age of 18 you are not fully responsible for all of your actions. This is one of the reasons why in some court cases minors do not get as significant of a charge because they did not think it all the way through. School is one place where kids think they do not have a large amount of guardianship, but according to the bill of rights and loco paranties teachers take on some of the responsibility for the students when they are at school. The 4th amendment states that a person has a right against unreasonable search and seizure. All though at school this right can be taken away. For example, if someone has reason to believe you have an illegal substance in your locker or in your bag the administration has the right to search it without a warrant. Until you are of legal age, (18) you do not have some of the rights that adults do, however, this can be for your favor.

  74. Kaeli Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 10:13 pm      

    Minors, (citizens under the age of eighteen) are indeed to an extent denied some rights listed in the Bill of Rights and are guaranteed some that adults aren’t, but is it not for a reason? As I had pondered over the reasons as to why minors basically have their own set of rights I was able to reach my own realistic answers. For example, a minor may argue that amendment four in the Bill of Rights is not fairly given to them. I believe the reason as to why minors can be searched without a warrant by for example, school staff if given under the impression they contain something harmful is not just because it is their duty to protect the other students who are legally forced there. The staff of the schools are secondary guardians for the students between the hours of when school begins and ends. Also, the more time the staff would wait to get a warrant to search them could mean, if the student is doing something bad, them getting time to try and hide the evidence and it would also give them more time to commit the crime. Adults especially, want minors to be caught almost immediately when they start committing a crime. By doing so, the minor should learn quickly the consequences and do their best to change while at the age they are. Amendment number four may not be fully guaranteed to minors especially inside the school setting as used in my example, but I strongly believe it is for the good of minors.

    As minors, we must understand that the adults whom have constructed and were behind the Bill of Rights had good intentions. They did this to protect us and so far it has in many ways. They had understood what we go through, and had known the feelings and actions that come with being under the age of eighteen. Remember, they were our age once too. They gave us rights they looked back and wished they had when they were our age. I would like to challenge all minors particularly, to think about the rights we do receive and when you think of the right we are denied, ask yourself sincerely as to why the people behind the Bill of Rights chose to do that. They were good and smart people and had a strong reason for every right or denied right they wrote down. Let’s be grateful for what we have and that even back then, people were thinking about us, the future generations and what they thought would be best for us.

  75. Hannah D. Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 10:14 pm      

    According to the New Jersey v. T.L.O. case, the 4th amendment does not apply to students. In this case, T.L.O was caught smoking in the bathroom of a public school, so the principle searched through her purse to find cigarettes. During this search, the principle also found other drugs in the bag. Therefore, T.L.O. went to court to see if her/ his 4th amendment rights were being violated. The Supreme Court decided that this search by the principle was not violating her rights, especially since her drugs could have harmed other students. Our first amendment rights however, do protect students. On Monday this week, we studied a scenario about a group of students who wore black armbands to protest the war in Afghanistan, but were suspended for this. Eventually, the Supreme Court decided that the armbands were not hurting anyone, so they decided that the 1st amendment does apply to students. I believe by having some amendments not restricted to us as students is fair, because this is only to protect everyone of the school’s students. Some rights are granted to me as a student because most of the time, students will need more protection from things in societies rather that elders and grown-ups. In conclusion, the first amendment is granted to us, even as students, but the 4th amendment is not.
    For more information on these cases, visit:

  76. Natasha Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 10:31 pm      

    Growing up as children, on to young adults, and then to adults, we experience different rights and restrictions. As children and young adults, one of the rights we have is the right of confidentiality when charged for a crime by concealing our name, face, age, and even our gender! There has been a large amount of controversy over whether a student can be searched without a warrant at school. In the Constitution, the 4th amendment (part of the Bill of Rights) protects the right of the people to secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures without a Warrant. At school, if you were accused of having drugs, or cigarettes in your backpack or locker, the school administration has a right to search their lockers and personal belongings. Although this may seem un-Constitutional, because the locker is the school’s property, and because of In Loco Parentis (the administration is acting as your “parent” as the time you are at school), the school has a right to search you without a Warrant to protect the safety of the children, and to have no distractions for the intentions of school, which are to learn. For example, in the New Jersey v. T.L.O. Case in New Jersey, two students are caught smoking in the bathroom by a teacher. One of the students is searched by the principal, and is found in possesion with cigarettes, as well as drugs. Because the student searched is a minor, their name and personal information is censored, and only the student’s initials (T.L.O) are released. If the student had been over 18 years of age, her name as well as other general information would have been available to the public. Only because of the circumstances, a warrant wasn’t needed to search the NJ student. The New Jersey v. T.L.O case covers the minor’s name being censored, as well as being searched without a permit for a reasonable and intentional reason. To look into that specific case, as well as other cases involving students, check out this link: http://www.uscourts.gov/EducationalResources/ConstitutionResources/LegalLandmarks/LandmarkSupremeCourtCasesAboutStudents.aspx. Us kids say we want to grow up as fast as we can, but with added responsibility comes more rules, and more punishments if rules are broken. So let’s enjoy being kids, and enjoy our rights!

  77. Ashley Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 10:45 pm      

    Yes, as a minor we do have certain restrictions on us for these amendments. Some of these restrictions are like, freedom of speech and something that restricts us is maybe foul language, or freedom of press which is like wearing something that say, “Stop the war” that could actually effect other people in many ways in (school). This makes me feel ok and not so ok. I say sort of ok because if we are all allowed to use freedom of speech at a young age then things can get out of hand. But it is sort of ok becasue, we should be able to talk freely, just not in the wrong kind of matter. Some of the additional rights to us are that, say I commit a crime and I’m under 18 that means that you are under aged and you dont get trialed as an adult, you go to juvie. I think these rights are granted to us becasue we are under aged and we do not know much about this constition yet, and we do not fully understand the consquences that come with it. Well that is all I have to say about this.

  78. Dylon Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 10:55 pm      

    the bill of rights is supposed to give us rights but most of the time when it comes to think of it they dont give you much rights as a minor. some rights that do apply to us minors are that we have the right to not be sentenced to the death penalty for being a minor. we dont have the right to bear arms they made it another law on top of a law to not let minors have guns , i thought those were suposed to be our rights but they are taken away because were minors. we have the 8th right where we havethe protection against excessive fines, bail, and punishment. we have the right to not be searched unless with probable cause or direct sight of you doing something breaking the law. when we have all of these right taken away i feel that we are like slaves to the adults, they have control over us but why do they have that control over us when we dont have any control over them how does that work? they treat us like we are less then them why are we less then the adults they give us extra rights but why they treat us like were four, we shouldnt have extra rights we should all have the same rights and all have to follow the same rules. if your a minor and get “busted” for doing an adult crime you should have the same punishment they have we are all human beings we shouldnt be sentenced to death. what if you were in the place of the person that was sentenced to death, what if you were inocent and you die for somebody elses crime that would be the worst so the government should say what if i was in that position that they’re in i wouldnt want to be sentenced to death you have family and things to live for we are all HUMAN!

    • Austin Said,

      January 13, 2012@ 6:42 am      

      I think that it’s a good thing that minors aren’t allowed to own guns, and explain what you mean by “Adult Crime”. A crime is a crime, and I wasn’t aware that there were adult crimes. Next time you should use Microsoft word to type your post, it automatically capitalizes the beginning of each sentence, and points out grammatical errors.

    • Dane Said,

      January 13, 2012@ 10:10 am      

      i like how you stated the laws for minors by saying there more than one law in a law by saying minors are not allowed to be part of the death penalty.And the fact they cant bear arms.

    • Mr. Stewart Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 11:20 pm      

      Please capitalize words at beginning of sentences

  79. Alexa Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 11:06 pm      

    The constitution was written specifically for THE people, any American citizen; to be protected from their violation of rights. However, we as students have stripped down rights; they are modified to fit us in public places such as school.
    Although most amendments apply to minors, some are left at the door as soon as we walk into a public school. In a public school, every student attending is required to be educated every week through school. In other words, every student is required to attend, therefore they don’t have a choice of coming to school or not. Because public school is a requirement, our rights as students have been changed to fit the learning environment around peers; obviously, we can’t come to school with guns or drugs, cussing people out, or violating the rules. Yes, we have freedom of speech, but in a public school, a student can be disciplined for their actions of cussing a peer, staff member, or visitor out. This is because every kid at the school has to come to school on a regular basis required by law, so many of them probably didn’t come to witness a fellow peer acting up, cussing and carrying drugs and guns around. Our laws as students are changed in the benefit of the majority of the student body. Other than just public school restrictions, we as minors are also prohibited from other things such as buying guns, knives, alcohol, tobacco, etc. A person has to be a certain age to purchase things, including those annoying TV ads that say you have to be 18+.
    Even though our rights as minors under 18, we still have many advantages that we will lose after we turn 19 and become an adult. Some advantages include the right of privacy. What I mean by this, is that our name, face, or sometimes even gender can’t be available to the public through TV, internet, radio, etc if we commit a crime or are recognized. As an adult, our names, gender, picture, current city/state, and even facebook/MySpace page is shared through broadcasting.
    Now I’ve noticed that a lot of us are mainly focusing about what I’ve stated above, but we’re not all straying far from what was said in class this past week. But something that were not thinking of I are simple things like driving, it is a crime for a 10 year old to drive their parents’ car to school. Why is this? Most likely they don’t know how to “correctly” drive, or even reach the pedals while watching the road for that matter. You have to be 15 to even start learning to drive. A ten year old on the road is harmful even though it seems humorous. I mean, do you really want to be on the road in front of a 10 year old driver?
    Clearly, our rights as minors have been changed for the safety, protection and wellbeing of others in general. Many would argue that “kids are people too, just like adults so they deserve the same rights”, but they probably haven’t stopped to think about a 12 year old carrying a pistol around at school legally. While I would agree that I wish our public school rights weren’t as strict as they are, but hopefully, we’ll all grow up to be an adult and receive the rights that we longed for as a kid anyways.

  80. Lacey Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 11:08 pm      

    We have looked at a lot of scenarios this week. And all those discussion that we had is a lot like the questions you asked me in this blog. The first amendment ties in really well with me because i’m christian. And I wouldn’t want somebody to tell me I cant read my bible or pray or worship. Also others that are not my religion can also do all of these things which is important too. I like that I can feel safe in my own home because I know that no official can come into my house and search my things with out a good reason. I also like that no one can be taken to jail with out a trial because if someone really didn’t do it they have a chance to save them selfs. In the 9th it talks about how you can’t get your rights taken away. Well as a minor some of them are taken away in my opinion it’s for are own good. Because kids don’t really know how to use rights yet. But adults have had much more experience then the kids have had so if we had freedom to speak in class when ever we wanted and not get in trouble for it. We would do that. Some of us would go to far with talking about are religion and other things like that. Minors really haven’t matured yet there for we can push it to the limit some times.

  81. Alexa Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 11:08 pm      

    and i forgot to mention in my post above, i didnt use any websites for my information, but a few times i glanced at my notes and the bill of rights paper that was givn out to students in class.

  82. Cayla Said,

    January 12, 2012@ 11:28 pm      

    Learning about the Amendments was interesting! I never knew how important they are in our everyday lives. Amendments give us the guidance on what we can and can not do on a daily bases. The 1st Amendment gives us many rights. It allows us to say what we want, study what ever religion we want to be part of, publish what ever words we want to read and protest about what we feel is right or wrong. Although this is an amendment it doesn’t apply to kids while in school. While students are at school they are not allowed to protest, publish what ever they want to. They are not allowed to say whatever is on their minds. I also found it very interesting that while at school students property can be searched and/or confiscated by any school official according to the 4th Amendment. I found it also very interesting that according to the 5th Amendment a person can not be put on trial twice for the same crime even if they find new evidence if they have already been found not guilty. They would have to be charged with a crime that was not tried during the first trail. Being tried for the same crime is called “Double Jeopardy”. The 9th Amendment talks about how everyone has the right to live their life the way they want to! Basically it means that one can color their hair purple if they choose to do so! They can name their pet and kid the same name if they so choose to do so! The 9th Amendment however at schools is another Amendment like the 4th Amendment is taken away from students. For example, at EMS they don’t allow kids to wear short shorts or skirts or shirts that are to low cut or with straps that are thinner then two fingers. Although there are rules for clothing the rules for how one wears their hair is left alone. Kids walk around with many different colors in their hair. It is a way that kids are allowed to show their individual personality. As “kids” we have some rights that adults over 18 don’t have! For example if an adult and child commit the same crime, the child will not be charged the same as the adult. This is because adults should know better as to what is right and what is wrong. As for the child they are still learning what is right and what is wrong.

  83. Mary Liz Said,

    January 13, 2012@ 5:05 am      

    Being a minor has its disadvantages and advantages. Minors can get some of their constitutional rights taken away from them when they attend school. At school we don’t have the right to speak what we want and when we want to say it. I find clothes a way to express ourselves and at school we aren’t allowed to wear some types of clothing like spaghetti straps, tube tops, and words on our shirt. Honestly, if we are confident enough to walk out in public with the clothes on why is it different in school? If our parents approve of the clothes we are wearing why is it wrong to wear to school? Adults have the ultimate power and we can’t do things they don’t approve. It makes me ponder are all men and women created equal? Just because someone is smarter (in most cases) doesn’t mean we have to listen to them all the time. Where has our first Amendment Right gone?
    Fourth Amendment states that we have a right against unreasonable searches and seizure. That is not true in school. If a principal has a suspicion you may have illegal things in his school, he has the right to search our property. That’s very upsetting because you could be having a cigarette (DON’T YOU DARE EVER GET IN THAT HABIT) and somehow someone gets drugs (Hypothetical thinking) in your backpack. Your principal sees you smoking and searches you, believing you may have drugs. He finds some and you say you never saw them. Then they will say evidence doesn’t lie, but you know it sometimes can. It is kind of dumb to give police work to principals. I feel that in totally violates fourth amendment rights. Then again they want to make a safe environment for you and others.
    As a minor if we commit a crime we will not necessarily be sent straight to jail. Instead, if we commit serious crime, he/she will be sent to foster care or a half way house. For not serious crimes we can stay with our family. I think that it is unfair for serious crimes. Children should be with family to help them get through their mistakes, unless the crimes are repeated or are dangerous for other people.
    The ninth amendment affirms that people have rights not listed on the constitution. This relates to children due to that fact that children aren’t mentioned in the constitution. People wanted children to be ”protected” so they are “controlled”. As young adults we think some of the rules are giving us fewer rights than adults. How unfair it seems we have fewer positive rights. We do have some leniency as children. We have the right to go to juvenile corrections facility if we commit a crime and are usually released in eighteen months for more serious crimes. We aren’t normally tried as adults therefore punishment is more lenient. We aren’t forced to do work (beside school), we are forced to go to school. They do that because they want to give a greater chance to be successful. One of the best is privacy laws; we can’t be in papers or online if we are under eighteen years of age. It hard to believe in four years most of us are going to be eighteen. Sometimes it is great to be a kid and there are times it is tough to be us.
    Enjoy I, we will only be kids only once.

  84. Brandon Said,

    January 13, 2012@ 6:22 am      

    As Americans, we have rights, or amendments, that give us freedoms. As minors, students are restricted some of those rights. In the first amendment, we have the freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly. In school, we are limited to speech such as bad language. Under the fourth amendment, it states that we should be secure in our persons and our property from unreasonable searches/seizures, without a legit warrant. As a minor, if a principle has reason to believe a student has and/or sells drugs, they have the power to search our stuff and take it for everyone’s safety. Under the Fifth Amendment it says everyone has the same process of going through a trial and a person can’t be tried twice for the same trial. The ninth Amendment is all the rights that are not in the constitution but not agent the law. All of these restrictions make me feel safer. They can search kids without a warrant, we can’t use fowl language. As minor we are allowed extra rights. If a kid made a crime and it was put in the news or the paper, there would be no name. Minors also have privacy in their medical records. Only their parents can see them, then it is passed to the minor when he/she turns eighteen

    • Mr. Stewart Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 11:26 pm      

      Missing a conclusion. Also, good references to the amendments and what they mean. Can you explain how they apply to what we discussed this week with regard to the scenarios?

  85. Austin Said,

    January 13, 2012@ 6:42 am      

    In America, all of us as citizens have rights. Being a minor, some of those rights are a little bit… “tweaked”. The First amendment being the freedoms of speech, religion, press, assembly, and petition, it applies to all citizens. The second amendment being the right to bear arms, it does NOT apply to us all. State militias have the right to bear arms, and the courts have generally ruled that the government can regulate the ownership of guns for citizens. This only applies to people over the age of 18 because, we, as minors aren’t allowed to own a firearm until the age of 18. In amendment 3 it is stated that soldiers can’t be staged in your home without your permission. As minors, this doesn’t apply to us as much as our parents, because we can’t own a house yet. Again, you must be 18 before you can own or rent a home. Amendment four says that citizens are to be protected from unlawful search and seizure (without a warrant or not while under arrest). This is true for all citizens, minors and adults. Amendment five gives us various things like protection from double jeopardy, eminent domain, and the same process of going through trial as everyone else. (This ties into amendment six) In juvenile court, you normally don’t get a jury, but in normal court, you have the right to one. Bail is also generally not allowed for minors, but it is for adults. Amendment seven says we can have a jury in civil cases IF the dispute is over $20. As minors, we cannot sue in our own name, but our guardians can sue for us. Amendment eight applies to everyone, we are all protected from cruel and unusual punishment. We aren’t going to get off with a butt-spanking from a cop after we commit a small crime, just because we’re minors. Amendment 9 also applies to everyone. According to our notes “Rights not listed in the constitution (non-enumerated rights) are reserved for the PEOPLE”, so as long as you pass as a person (and a citizen) amendment 9 applies and is the same between minors and adults. Rights not listed in the constitution are reserved for the STATES, amendment ten also applies equally to everyone.

    I talked to my mom, and used the notes from Mr. Stewart’s web page.

  86. Ryan Said,

    January 13, 2012@ 7:02 am      

    I learned that my rights aren’t always as pertant as I thought they were. Adults have the right to vote, kids can’t do that. But there are some ups to us kids not having the same rights as an adult. If a person under the age of 18 commits a crime their face can’t be published in a newspaper or news show, where as an adults can. But that’s just about children’s rights. I also learned that you have to have a warrant to search a person even without having probable cause, and that that as soon as we enter school grounds our 4th amendment rights are limited. We can’t use volger language at a school assembly because student have the right of assembly and that’s violating their rights. I know we didn’t get to discuss this in class but the death penalty. I personally thing that is barbaric, honestly if a man kills another man and gets the death penalty then you are doing the exact same thing that he’s now getting punished for. Yes he did take someone life but if we locked him up in prison he would have to live with the image of killing whoever. And eventually that would drive him crazy and would kill himself. So that’s what I learned about the amendments.

  87. McKelvy, David Said,

    January 13, 2012@ 9:58 am      

    I think that people ave a right to see graphic books and also have the right to learn and see the things that books have to offer.I also think that people have the right to see what the world has to offer.The kids as they are under 18 have the right to keep there face and name from the news.But when they turn 18 they lose some rights.But then they gain other rights that they lose when they turn 18.

  88. Dane Said,

    January 13, 2012@ 10:02 am      

    Some things i have learned about the amendments are that some have there ways of being passed.The 4th amendment you can pass it like we discussed in the scenario about the two girls.The amendment states that you cant search anyone or thing without a warrant but if you have an on spot search for what you came for.The other scenario we did stated the 1st amendment which is freedom of speech.They had there rights to and they were not harming anyone and they weren’t blocking anyone from entering the building.Those are some of the main things that i know about peoples rights and how some are able to be passed.

    • Mr. Stewart Said,

      January 16, 2012@ 11:01 pm      

      What does “passed” mean?

  89. McManis, Gwydion Said,

    January 13, 2012@ 10:18 am      

    I know that as americans we all have rights. The girls who were caught in the bathroom smoking cigarettes had there rights violated simple as that. The kids who wore black arm bands as a silent protest on the veitnam war had the rights violated. The principal at the school who busted the girls for pot was in thr=e wrong for searching them with the intention of finding cigarretes. i think know matter what age we should all have equal rights despite the right to keep and bear arms. The school said that they were looking out and pretecting other students but if other students would’ve bought from the girls they would’ve been harming themselves. the girls wouldve been selling sure but they werent holding a gun to another students head forcing them to smoke, the other students made the choice

  90. McManis, Gwydion Said,

    January 13, 2012@ 10:20 am      

    I also agree with the death penalty cause if i had a kid and he was killed i would want that person to die. who wouldnt .

  91. Alfonso Said,

    January 13, 2012@ 11:20 am      

    the rights i have as a minor are that if i do a crime my name wont be on the news.also the 4,5and 9 amendment do apply to young people like me and i think all these right apply to me .the restriction i don’t have are in my home i cant always speech what i wont.sorry Mr Stewart

  92. Mr. Stewart Said,

    January 15, 2012@ 9:48 am      

    Good points, Peter. I like your comments as they relate to rights that are restricted to minors, such as searches in the school. There is a clear line, and when it is crossed, students and their parents have a case. I want you to be cautious of your use of the word choice of “stuff” which I saw more than once. Please see my performance expectations for writing for more information on word choice.

  93. Devynn Said,

    January 16, 2012@ 10:13 am      

    when a minor walks into a public school they can expect their rights to go down and be violated a little. our freedom of expression goes down when we go to school because we are not always allowed to wear what we want. for instance if our shorts are too short or our tops too low then we have to change. also if we wear anything that suggests a gang we are forced to change. this is to make sure we are not disrupting the learning environment. although some of our rights are declined some are given to us as well. one is the fact that if we commit a crime our face is not allowed to be published in the news paper. same with our name. so we are protected because we are minors and some of our rights go down as well. this is all to keep us safe.

  94. Audrey Said,

    January 16, 2012@ 9:44 pm      

    There are many restrictions to the rights of minors, or people under the age of eighteen. For example, Amendment 2, the right to bear arms, does not apply to minors. I feel that in many ways this is a good thing, because minors do not have the maturity or wisdom to be able to own a weapon. Another restriction to the rights of minors is in Amendment 1, freedom of speech. When a minor is in school the right of freedom of speech is limited because it cannot disturb the learning environment. I feel that this restriction is also a good thing because it could be a disturbance in school when the rest of the school is trying to learn. An additional right that is granted to minors is if a minor murders someone they are not sentenced to prison for life, but instead have to go to prison until they are eighteen. I believe that this right is granted to minors because we are minors we might not fully understand the consequences of our actions. Over all I believe that the rights for minors are for our own safety and benefit.

  95. Nicole Said,

    January 17, 2012@ 5:14 pm      

    Commonly citizens under the age of eighteen are referred to kids, or “minors”. Having a label put on us isn’t the only thing that separates us from adults, our rights differ from theirs too. For example, as a minor in the school district our rights are limited when we step through the school and the teachers become or legal guardians. Amendment 1, the right to freedom of speech. When we are in school the rules are that we may not use foul language, as it disrespects students and teachers and can be offensive. As minors we may have the freedom to speech but we abuse that right when we use it for things such as harsh language, also when it is not even necessary. Whereas when we are in our own environment we have full usage of the 1st amendment, we have to respect it when we are not in our own environment (school). In some ways to minors these limitations may seem unfair but in some cases can be good. for instance, Amendment 2: the right to keep and bear arms. By Colorado law, you must be at least twenty-one to carry a concealed handgun. There is a reason for that. Many minors do not have the maturity, knowledge, and trust that adults may contain in the presence of a gun. It’s an unsafe object that should have limitations to citizens under the age of 18. One right that is understood by many students is amendment 4: the right against unreasonable search and seizure. That changes in school for safety reasons. Officers may search a minor if suspected of handling drugs, alcohol, etc. It causes an unsafe environment for everybody else and our teachers are here to teachers but also to keep us safe. Yes, as a minor we have several limitations, but it is to keep us safe and to let us grow up as kids and not be treated with to such extents as an adult.

  96. D'yonna Said,

    January 17, 2012@ 6:04 pm      

    For minor’s there are restrictions to our rights but there are also advantages to them because we are under the age of 18. For example our restrictions are usually school related like our 4th amendment right. Once stepping onto school property we can be searched without a warrant as well as our own belongings.This is for the safety of us and others. We also have restrictions to our 1st amendment rights, particularly our right to speech. If we are speaking publicly for a school event we do not have the right to say whatever we please. Therefor on school grounds these our restrictions to our rights.
    Our advantages to our rights are that as minor’s we have privacy rights when on trial and when a case of a minor is being displayed on television. This privacy is because of the 5th amendment which is Protections of Persons and Property. So over all I am thankful for these advantages and restrictions because of my own safety and the safety of others also.

  97. William Said,

    January 18, 2012@ 12:55 pm      

    The constitution of the United States of America was created with the intended purpose to protect the rights of every man and woman. Some of the rights in the constitution however do not apply to children. Most of these are grouped in the first amendment. For instance the freedom of the press, in a school setting the principal has the right to cut inappropriate portions of the school newspaper before it is released. Also students are not allowed to use curse words, racial slurs, or suggestive language in a school setting. This is based on the fact that the people at school are a captive audience, this means that they have to be there and are entitled to the right to the respect of standards.
    Case Summary

    In 1965, John Tinker, his sister Mary Beth, and a friend were sent home from school for wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War. The school had established a policy permitting students to wear several political symbols, but had excluded the wearing of armbands protesting the Vietnam War. Their fathers sued, but the District Court ruled that the school had not violated the Constitution. The Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court, and the Tinkers appealed to the Supreme Court.

    The Court’s Decision

    In a 7–2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the students had the right to wear armbands to school to protest the Vietnam War. Justice Abe Fortas wrote for the majority. He first emphasized that students have 1st Amendment rights: “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” While schools certainly have the right to establish rules relating to “the length of skirts or the type of clothing, to hair style . . . [or] aggressive, disruptive action or even group demonstrations,” this case does not involve any of those issues. “The school officials banned and sought to punish petitioners for a silent, passive expression of opinion, unaccompanied by any disorder or disturbance on the part of petitioners. There is here no evidence whatever of petitioners’ interference . . . with the schools’ works or of collision with the rights of other students to be secure and to be let alone. Accordingly, this case does not concern speech or action that intrudes upon the work of the schools or the rights of other students.”
    In this court case we see that the safety of the students is not in jeopardy and the constitutional rights of the students have been violated. The protest was peaceful and passive and therefore did not violate the rights of the other students.

  98. Somerville, Nadia Said,

    January 19, 2012@ 1:23 pm      

    I think these restrictions are that we should be able to do more ya we have alot of rights but i think that we should have more rights in America.This makes me feel that it is unfair that other people higher then us or richer know more and can do more of what they want thats how i feel i feel like that is hoe life goes right now because people who have money it seems they can do whatever.The additional rights that should be added to me is like if you know how ti drive you be able to drive at my age you should also be able to go in important files like the higher people get to go into not confidential but the files we should be able to read.

  99. breezy Said,

    January 19, 2012@ 1:33 pm      

    The first amendment I think is not fair because it’s the freedom of speech so why can’t kids vote for the precedent. The 4th amendment I think is fair because if a police officer just thinks that your caring drugs and they search you then that are really awkward so why wouldn’t we sew them if they don’t have warrant. Amendment 5th I think is the fairest one to me at least but people do deserve a speedy trial. Amendment 9th is the best one so far I mean if someone wants to color their hair green and paint there yard orange then I say let them that’s their choice so let them. The amendments are reasonable to me but some aren’t like amendment 2nd I would not agree to because then people that are crazy then they could just shoot people.

  100. Jessica Said,

    January 23, 2012@ 9:20 pm      

    The first amendment is by far one of the most important amendments. It is freedom of speech; it grants us the right to practice our own religion, say what we would like, and peacefully protest. People often use their right to free speech everyday. Occupy Wall Street protesters are currently using their right to protest. Everyday, children and adults alike, say what they want but what minors can say is limited. For example, in school we can’t say certain things. While an adult can say anything, a student can say the same thing and be scolded for it. The fourth amendment talks about unlawful seizures and searches and the fifth is about criminal charges. These two amendments are important but they don’t apply to everyone. Not everyone has been in court or had his or her home or belongings searched. But nonetheless both are important. Say if a student had drugs on school grounds, like the students in scenario one. The fourth amendment would apply but the fact that they’re minors in school grounds, the principal would still be able to search their things. Restrictions placed on minors include not being able to purchase cigarettes, alcohol, rubber cement, spray paint, among things. These restrictions are to protect minors but some might think that they are too restricting. According to http://www.essortment.com/teen-abortion-laws-united-states-50073.html laws vary from state to state on whether a girl under 18 is able to get an abortion without parental consent. In Colorado there is a law requiring parental consent however it is not being enforced. All minors’ rights are limited but they’re still there. Also, minors can get, in a way “special treatment.” Their parents can take custody of them in certain situations rather than the courts. They can be tried and punished in the juvenile system rather than the adult courts. In some cases, though, depending on the crime, minors can be tried as adults. Minors have to have parental consent for medical treatment. A minor’s privacy is protected in the media by not showing their pictures and not disclosing their names. An adult name and picture is open to the public when charged with a crime.

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