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OT: School Bans Support Bracelets

School Confiscates Student's Bracelet Worn in Honor of Breast Cancer Survivor Mom

Posted by Deborah Cruz

I Heart Boobies BraceletThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a high school sophomore and her Mother against the school superintendent charging that she violated the teen’s freedom of speech right by allowing her “I HEART Boobies” bracelet to be confiscated by the assistant principal.

The student, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor, had worn the bracelet for months in support of breast cancer research and in honor of her mother before having it confiscated.

Ok, so I totally support breast cancer awareness and am all for cancer research but I am not so sure that “I Heart Boobies” is appropriate for teens to be wearing to school. I think the bracelets are very cute and if I was a teenager, I'd probably think they were cute and cool to wear but schools have dress codes for a reason. The rules are in place to help prevent children from wearing inappropriate clothing and exposing other children to sayings, thoughts and actions that may be above their maturity level or may be offensive to others.

I am not opposed to supporting breast cancer research but if we allow this girl to wear her bracelet to school, then we have to allow any teen boy who wants to wear a shirt that says “I Heart Boobies” to school, as well. Then where does it stop?

Can children wear bracelets that say “I HEART Tits”? Or perhaps, in support of testicular cancer research we allow kids to wear shirts and bracelets that are inscribed with the saying, “I HEART BALLS!” Or perhaps to bring awareness to STD’s, teens would start wearing bracelets that said, “Save the Vagina” or “Dicks need love too!” I don’t know about you but I am pretty sure there would be loads of teen boys that would think all of these would be hilarious to wear and would want to wear them, with no actual concern for the cause.

I completely understand that this young young wants to support her mother and promote breast cancer awareness but allowing her to wear her bracelet to school opens up an entirely different can of worms, where the line between appropriate and inappropriate get subtly blurred until we can’t recognize when we are stepping right over it in the name of a good cause.

What do you think about teens wearing “I HEART Boobies” bracelets to school?

by on May. 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM
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by Jinx on May. 26, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Wear pink cancer support bracelets...there are many other options. Students think about boobies enough without seeing this all the time.

While many kids may be wearing them with the proper intent, I guarantee many of them are not. Its not the place.
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by on May. 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I agree with the point that if the bracelet was purchased and proceeds go to the cause, it's supporting woman. It's any angle to get support from the masses, an appealing ,edgy approach to opening awareness. I don't agree with the word "boobies", it's a slang that mirrors only the sexuality of a woman not the emotional and worth. I breast fed and would never refer to my child on my boob. I personally would not let my children wear the bracelet, I would show them other more positive ways to show the support.


by Platinum Member on May. 27, 2012 at 3:52 PM
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!!!Adult language coming up!!

If the bracelets said 'I <3 Cocks' or even 'I <3 testicles' and kids were wearing them, no one would have an issue that they are banned. If they said, 'Keep your anus clean', people would have no issues. All represent cancers that people die from, but since they aren't stylish or maybe since they aren't women's diseases, people don't allow the same type of levity.

IMO, this isn't a campaign that is empowering women and allowing us to not be shy about our breasts. It is just another way our breasts are being exploited and not being taken seriously. They're 'boobies' and we wear pink ribbons because we're girls and that's what girls do. The vast majority of boys and girls wearing these bracelets are doing it so they can have a naughty word 'legally' on them. If they simply wanted to spread the word, a pink bracelet would do them just fine.  

by on May. 27, 2012 at 6:59 PM

What happened to "pink" for breast cancer?  My FIL passed away from cancer 6 years ago, and DH and I have worn a yellow (FIL's fave color) livestrong bracelet since then.  My nephew, and son wear "Real Men Wear Pink" shirts/bracelets in support of breast cancer. 

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