Bans on "Boobies" Bracelet
There was the "live strong" bracelet, and the "what would Jesus do" bracelet. Now another bracelet, supporting a good cause, is causing controversy.
On Monday, two mothers filed a free-speech lawsuit against a Pennsylvania school district that suspended their daughters for wearing an "I heart Boobies" bracelet; calling the slogan distracting and demeaning.
"Of course it sounds very silly to bring a federal case over a bracelet that says 'I heart boobies' and it actually is rather amusing in many ways yet nonetheless it will help to define the free speech rights of students because it parts difference between what is sexually offensive and what is a matter of legitimate concern, and that being breast cancer" said Clay Calvert, a University of Florida expert on the First Amendment.
In 1992, federal courts in Virginia ruled in favor of a school that banned a New Kids on the Block t-shirt, with the slogan, "drugs suck."
"The federal court rules in the schools favor saying yes the sexual suggestive part trumps the anti-drug message," added Calvert.
According to school officials, so far, the rubber bracelets have not been a problem in alachua county.
"If a student were to wear it, unless in some way shape or form it became very disruptive, our feeling is, is that it's a breast cancer awareness campaign and we're going to leave it at that" said Jackie Johnson, spokesperson for alachua county public schools.
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