US court: PA school can’t ban ‘boobies’ bracelets
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. appeals court won’t let a Pennsylvania school district ban “”I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets.
In a novel case involving student free speech, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court has rejected claims that the slogan is lewd and disruptive.
The court says the bracelets involve a relevant social issue, and are not likely to cause disruptions at school.
The bracelets are designed to promote breast cancer awareness among young people.
The split ruling today is a victory for two Easton Area School District girls who challenged the school rule with help from the American Civil Liberties Union.
ACLU lawyer Mary Catherine Roper says the ruling supports the rights of students to discuss important topics.
A lawyer for the district says he cannot immediately comment.
The ruling upholds a lower court decision.