US court: Pa. school can’t ban ‘boobies’ bracelets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court won’t let a Pennsylvania school district ban “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets.

In a closely watched ruling on student free speech, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejects claims that the slogan is lewd and disruptive.

The bracelets are designed to promote breast cancer awareness among young people. The court says the bracelets involve a relevant social issue and didn’t cause disruptions at school.

The split ruling Monday is a victory for two Easton Area School District girls who challenged the ban 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.

Easton schools solicitor John Freund says the court didn’t offer any guidelines on where schools can draw the line.

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