Minserville School District flag salute
Region: United State
Medium: Mandatory Flag Salute
Artist: Lillian and William Gobitis
Confronting Bodies: Minersville School District
Dates of Action: 1939
Location: Minversville, Pennsylvania
Description of Artwork: Mandatory Flag Salute
The Incident: Lillian and William Gobitis, Jehovah's Witnesses, were expelled from public school after refusing to salute the flag, stating that this gesture of respect went against their religion.
Results of Incident: The court decided, in an eight to one decision, that the school was within its bounds to expel the students, stating that it is the job of a school to "promote in the minds of children who attend the common schools an attachment to the institutions of their country."