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US Judge backs 'I (heart) b**bies' bracelets in school

April 13, 2011 - Washington

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has ruled that Breast cancer fundraising bracelets that proclaim 'I (heart) b**bies!' are not lewd or vulgar and can't be banned by public school officials who find them offensive.

The ruling is a victory for two Easton girls suspended for defying a ban on their middle school's Breast cancer Awareness Day, reports Fox News.

"The bracelets ... can reasonably be viewed as speech designed to raise awareness of Breast cancer and to reduce stigma associated with openly discussing breast health," U.S. Judge Mary McLaughlin wrote in a 40-page ruling issued Tuesday.

She added that the school district had not shown the bracelets would be disruptive in school.

The American Civil Liberties Union, representing the girls, had sued to overturn the ban and stop the school from punishing their clients.

McLaughlin issued a temporary injunction Tuesday that bars the Easton Area School District from banning the 4 dollars rubber bracelets until the case goes to trial.


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