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Court won't hear dispute over 'boobies' bracelets

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Pennsylvania school district that wants to prevent students from wearing "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets to promote breast cancer awareness among young people.

The justices on Monday left in place a federal appeals court ruling striking down a ban on the bracelets that was put in place by the Easton Area School District, which says the breast-cancer awareness bracelets are lewd in their use of sexual innuendo.

The lower court sided with two students who sued the district in 2010 with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union. Easton is one of several school districts around the country to ban the bracelets, which are distributed by the nonprofit Keep A Breast Foundation of Carlsbad, Calif.

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gnobie01 March 10 2014 at 10:43 AM


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bearpapabear1 March 10 2014 at 11:55 AM

Those two young ladies should be so ashamed of themselves. You know it's just not done. Why would they even try to speak about breast cancer. It's not like they might one day develope breast cancer you know. Grow up school district and allow these brave young women to press for awareness of this blight.

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andarhob bearpapabear1 March 10 2014 at 12:47 PM

Are you sure that is why they are wearing them? As a 10 year Breast Cancer Survivor I am highly offended by these bracelets. They have nothing to do with Breast Cancer.

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whittsville1 andarhob March 10 2014 at 1:35 PM


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andarhob andarhob March 10 2014 at 1:39 PM

I'm not young. And I did get over it 10 years ago.

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Bill March 10 2014 at 11:45 AM

What is wrong with our country when the smallest thing ends up in court because a micro-minority of people are "offended"?

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andarhob Bill March 10 2014 at 12:45 PM

I am a 10 year Breast Cancer Survivor and I am offended by these bracelets. Do my feelings count?

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Chuck March 10 2014 at 10:12 AM

OMG! What a joke! Where is this school district? Stuck in the 18th century?

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sdshantasi March 10 2014 at 11:05 AM

I thought schools had control over what kids wear to classes. Doesn't make sense that this got to court at all.

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cliftongop sdshantasi March 10 2014 at 1:48 PM

The school does have that right, but it's not like they are wearing bracelets they say Kill the Jews or I Hate Niggers. It's silly, it's a fad, and if they ignore it the kids will move on to something else before long.

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fox12ga March 10 2014 at 12:41 PM

A bracelet to raise for breast cancer is ok I don't give a dam what it says as long as it does what it's intended for Look past you twisted mind and see the good

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forksmt March 10 2014 at 11:14 AM

Thank you Shirley Temple for bringing this cancer out in the open so a cure may be found. She was a republican like so many battling lib ignorance. This is so typical for the lib school systems, really are you that shallow?

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cliftongop March 10 2014 at 1:35 PM

I'm not thrilled about the way we handle disease management in this country. We send celebrities to Congress to state why their particular cause or disease is the one that should get research funding, for example, Michael J Fox and Parkinson's . We make high school football players change the color of their uniforms (adding some pink) to show their support for breast cancer. It is so politically correct to be on board in the fight against breast cancer that the PC Police would be all over any football player who said he would rather just stick with the school colors. If he said that it looks gay, he might never be heard from again.

Do we need research on breast cancer, and on cancer in general? Of course. But how about letting the researches research, and not running medicine like it's a political campaign? By using the word "boobies" in the bracelets, the cause got exactly what they wanted, more attention.

If I came here from Mars and saw all the campaigning for breast cancer awareness, I would think that it kills more women than any other disease. It doesn't. In the US, heart disease is number one. I wonder how funding for that reseach has done in the last ten years compared with breast cancer. More than that, it won't be long before more women's lives are at risk due to obesity than is true for breast cancer.

Do we need to work hard on cancer reseach. Absolutely. Should we be making breast cancer such a politically correct cause that funds may be diverted from reserach that is equally or even more important? Absolutely not.

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jrp1947 March 10 2014 at 6:26 PM

It is called freedom of speech (expression) that is not subject to one person's twisted interpretation of the particular wording on anything. What one person considers obscene is perfectly okay with someone else. The standards have to favor the looser interpretation if we are to survive as a free society. There are limits but they have to be applied carefully.

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Bob March 10 2014 at 12:21 PM

Have a good day.

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