Judge Backs 'Boobies' Bracelets
School can't ban breast cancer bracelets, judge decides
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2011 4:57 AM CDT
Hunter High School students show off their breast cancer awareness bracelets outside the school.   (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Djamila Grossman)

(Newser) – It's OK for middle school students to wear bracelets proclaiming "I (heart) boobies!"—at least in the context of breast cancer awareness, a federal judge has decided. The popular fundraising bracelets "can reasonably be viewed as speech designed to raise awareness of breast cancer and to reduce stigma associated with openly discussing breast health," the judge wrote, siding with two Pennsylvania students suspended for defying a bracelet ban on their school's Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

An injunction was issued preventing the school from banning the bracelets until the girls' case—supported by the ACLU—goes to trial. The district lawyer said he was disappointed by the ruling. "It is inconceivable that the court did not recognize that the bracelets were meant to titillate," he told the Philadelphia Inquirer, adding: "There's no group more distractable than 12- to 14-year-old middle school boys."

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nouse4u2
Apr 15, 2011 6:50 PM CDT
that man said titillate- i need to go take a cold shower
Patch326
Apr 15, 2011 8:17 AM CDT
I am a 12 year breast cancer survivor. I bought these bracelets for my grandkids. Of course, they think they are funny. But they know about breast cancer and wear these bracelets proudly. They tell others why they wear them. As far as I know, their schools haven't made a big deal out of them.
Rational.-Anarchist
Apr 14, 2011 6:47 AM CDT
What a non issue! Find dictionary. Look up "booby". IT IS A BIRD, PEOPLE!! Breasts are totally different,in case no one has noticed.