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Student Journalist Group Joins Easton Bracelet Fight

The Student Press Law Center sides with girls who wore "I Heart Boobies" bracelets.

A D.C. area advocacy group has filed a legal brief on behalf of two Easton Area Middle School students who sued the district after they were suspended for wearing "I Heart Boobies" bracelets.

The Student Press Law Center, based in Arlington, VA, says the district's ban on the breast cancer awareness bracelet limits students' ability to discuss important issues.

"If the school district had its way, even the words 'breast cancer' themselves may become taboo in public schools, so that students can never be full participants in discussing the causes that concern them," SPLC executive director Frank LoMonte said in a news release.

In April, a federal judge ruled that the school district had no right to keep its students from wearing the bracelet, by the school board. The district argues the bracelets are disruptive and offensive.

Earlier this week, the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents the girls who were suspended, filed a response to the district's appeal. According to the Express-Times, the ACLU argues the district has no basis for banning the bracelets. The paper also notes that the SPLC is one of 17 non-profits advocating for the students.

According to its mission statement, the SPLC advocates for free speech for student journalism and open campus governments.

Ken White September 03, 2011 at 07:54 PM
Great lesson to teach the kids: censorship. Banning the bracelets amounts to censorship and a violation of free speech. And come on, girls are wearing them also. This country is so repressed about so many things. I hope the girls win the case and they come out with I Heart Boobies T-shirts, headbands, temporary tattoos, book covers, locker magnets, you name it. Again, morons of the school board, nice job with the censorship thing. Take a look outside your windows when you wake up tomorrow. See that land there? It's called America. Do some research on what it's about, please.
bornato September 04, 2011 at 02:39 AM
I wonder if you would feel the same if the bracelet said I love dicks in support of penile cancer.

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