Judge OKs School 'Boobies' Bracelets

April 12, 2011 - 1:55 PM

Philadelphia (AP) - A federal judge in Pennsylvania says the popular "I (heart) boobies!" breast cancer fundraising bracelets aren't lewd or vulgar, so it's OK for public school students to wear them.

U.S. District Judge Mary McLaughlin is siding with students in a free-speech test case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

McLaughlin issued a temporary injunction Tuesday that bars the Easton Area School District from enforcing its ban on the $4 rubber bracelets.

McLaughlin heard testimony from Easton middle school students in December. She finds the bracelets are being worn to promote breast cancer awareness.

Easton school officials argue the slogan suggests a sexual double meaning and leads to in-school distractions.

Easton is one of several school districts around the country to ban the bracelets.