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

(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."

Hunter High School students show off their  breast cancer awareness bracelets outside the school.
Hunter High School students show off their breast cancer awareness bracelets outside the school.   (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Djamila Grossman)
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