School District Bans 'I <3 Boobies' Cancer Awareness Bracelets
Hoping to raise awareness about breast cancer the same way, a group of California students began wearing bracelets that say "I Love Boobies" - similar to Lance Armstrong's Livestrong bracelets that benefit cancer research.
Even though these accessories promote an important cause, school officials in the Clovis Unified district say no-way to wearing them during class time. The reason? Their dress code contains a clause that states "any jewelry that contains any sexually suggestive language or picture" is not allowed.
The American Cancer Society supports the students.
Charaign Sesock, a spokeswoman for the organization, explains, "This campaign is targeting teen years and college ages so that they can empower themselves to be advocates for their own bodies. If you can start raising awareness early on, it will only benefit them as they grow older."
Another California school district initially shared Clovis' same sentiment, until they realized the benefits of wearing this bracelet. Fresno Unified district officials took the bracelets away from 30 students, but later returned them and allowed students to have them on during school hours.
Some of students are buying the "I Love Boobies" bracelets at Kirk Psenner's store. He doesn't make any profit from their sale and says the bracelets already raised thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society.
"Even if they are taking it as a joke, it's starting a conversation. To pretend or push away an issue doesn't make it go away," Kirk says.%Poll-52242%