Two Students File Lawsuit Over 'I Heart Boobies' Ban

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The controversy over whether students should be allowed to wear "I <3 Boobies" bracelets at school struck a serious chord with our readers. Many of you have strong opinions for and against the breast cancer awareness jewelry, but 78 percent said it's totally unfair for schools to ban bracelets that raise money for such an important cause.

Two middle school students in Pennsylvania agree with you and filed a free-speech lawsuit in Philadelphia to end the ban at their school. Kayla Martinez, 12, and Brianna Hawk, 13, had their parents' okay to wear the bracelets, but their school's officials called the jewelry distracting and demeaning.
Even though Kayla agreed to flip the bracelet and wear it so only a breast cancer awareness Web site address shows, she and Brianna were suspended and not allowed to attend school dances for a month.

"I don't believe that vulgarity, obscenity, profanity or nudity (in the school code) apply to the word 'boobies' or 'breast,'" said Kayla's mom, and she also pointed out that teachers wore shirts promoting breast cancer research during October, national breast cancer awareness month.

"The First Amendment does not allow schools to censor students' speech merely because some students and teachers are offended by the non-vulgar educational message, and silencing the speakers because other students may react inappropriately would amount to a constitutionally impermissible heckler's veto," the families' lawyer said.

Voice your opinion on these students' suspension and lawsuit in the comments below.


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