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School board willing to take bracelet fight to Supreme Court

EASTON, Pa. – A school district’s ban on “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets might be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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boobiesThe Easton Area School District board voted 7-1 to appeal a federal appeals court’s decision that rejected its claim the bracelets are lewd and should be banned from school, reports the Associated Press.

There’s no word yet on whether the high court will agree to hear the appeal.

The case began in 2010 when two students, Brianna Hawk and Kayla Martinez, challenged the school’s decision to ban the bracelets, which are designed to promote breast cancer awareness.

Hawk and Martinez rebelled against the ban by wearing the bracelets during Easton’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day. They were both suspended for their actions and reacted by filing a lawsuit.

In August, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision in favor of the girls, saying that the district could not prove the bracelets are disruptive, reports the AP.

The two students are being assisted in their suit by the American Civil Liberties Union, while the school board has the support of the National School Boards Association and the Pennsylvania School Board Association.

School district solicitor John Freund said these organizations back the board because they are “concerned about the implications of a hyper-sexualized environment,” according to the report.

Superintendent John Reinhart agrees with the board’s decision to move forward.

“The Third Circuit Court has compromised administrators’ abilities to intervene in what is and what is not appropriate in school,” he said in the report.

An attorney for the ACLU however, has a different opinion.

“I’m just really surprised that they’re so determined to fight this speech case of all speech cases,” said Mary Catherine Roper in the story. “(The bracelets) didn’t cause any problems in the school.”

The lone school board member to vote against the decision to appeal believes it’s time to drop the case and move on.

“I think we should be done with it. Let it go. We lost 20, 30 times, I don’t even know anymore,” he said.

Easton is not alone in its opposition to the bracelets. Several school boards around the country have also decided to ban them.

By Trevor TenBrink at EAGnews.org

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  • alpambuena

    just think if they wore what would jesus do (wwjd), bracelets…all hell would have broken loose.

  • BigUgly666

    Stupidity knows no bounds.

    I think we need to challenge these “stupid people in power” every chance we get … if we are lucky, their heads will explode … or they will be in a “gun free zone” someday soon.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      I favor an open season and no bag limit. If ya don’t want to shoot ‘em, count coup.

  • CombatVet

    STUPID IS AS STUPID GETS WHY NOT BAN THE WHOLE COUNTRY FROM DOING ANYTHING.
    LIBERAL JACKASSES

    • J. Brown

      That is the goal.

  • gvette

    Well, it’s a demonrat state. What do you expect? Remember, these are the same people, that voted for Obama, and then get angry when the EPA closes their coal mines.

  • James Maxwell

    I can see some up-tight prude getting their knickers in a twist over the word boobs. But is that
    is their only objection then it further proves their mindless moronic minds are totally wasted.
    But I can remember a time in our nation when you would not even discuss Breast Cancer in
    public. It is a problem and the more attention we can bring to all forms of Cancer the better
    our chances are of finding a cure for it.

    • Red47

      It isn’t prudish to be disgusted by having one’s body parts demeaned. I am a woman, not a cartoon. Why didn’t they say breast cancer instead? That isn’t demeaning or cartoonish, but a serious, non-vulgar approach.

      • James Maxwell

        I agree with you, it is how some people look at things or how they describe parts
        of their body. I know some ladies that had have to have their removed and the
        mental effect it has on some. With modern surgery they can reduce the damage
        done and give the woman a choice as to prosthetics or reconstruction. We have
        come a long way since I was a child but not mentally based upon some of the
        Songs(?), TV shows and Movies we see. I, like you would have though the word
        Breast would have been much more appropriate and probably not objectionable to
        the school board. As a Husband with a daughter and a grandaughter I want them
        to have the best possible life they can.

        • Red47

          Well said.

      • Alias47

        Maybe I am out of place, I do not see how this is demeaning to anyone. To take it personally is egocentric and self-righteous. This isn’t and never was about you personally. And being disgusted by the simple written colloquial name of a body part that EVERYONE HAS goes beyond merely being prudish to being extremely puritanical…which is your right. Spouting outrage over it, however, borders on psychosis.

        • Red47

          You have become numb to this objectification. Because you do not see it, does not mean it does not exist. I have breasts. To call them “boobies” is juvenile and out of place outside the home. It is tacky, plain and simple. I am sorry you do not have that information, but it doesn’t make me selfish, it makes me a polite adult. For decades women have fought for their right to not be objectified. I continue that sentiment here. My reproductive organs are not a cartoon or a cute toy.

          • Alias47

            I am not numb to objectification…I do not see the printed use of the word “boobies”, especially in the context of promoting awareness of a horrible disease, as either objectifying or tacky. It is not cartoonish and you are the only person who brought your personal reproductive organs (or anybody else’s) into any part of this conversation.
            It is not a lack of manners either. Just because you are offended does not mean that the subject is impolite, improper, or immoral…or preclude anyone else from having manners because they do not agree with your extremely narrow point of view.
            I do not remember receiving the news that you had been voted in as this nations supreme authority on behavioral ethics and etiquette…since, presumably, that has not happened…I find your pontificating to be not only antiquated, but conceited as well.

          • Red47

            Objectify women’s body parts in order to save them? Locker room talk is not polite.

          • Alias47

            The word boobies is hardly locker room talk (I don’t know when you were last in a men’s locker room, but this would be a VAST improvement in the vulgarity of the speech). Boobies is a colloquialism that has been accepted into common use by the vast majority of people in this country…and has been in common use for a very long time.

          • Red47

            You made me laugh. You are right about the locker room. It is still rude. The school says they uphold a higher standard. You object. fine.

          • Hoodoo H

            Mam, these were children, not adults. As such, let them be kids and snicker.
            The term ‘I ♥ boobies’ in show of support fir breast concer awareness is thier way of doing so.
            Lighten up.

          • Red47

            My point exactly. This is an adult campaign (as tacky as the Ta-tas one) that is being used by children as an appropriate depiction of politesse. It is not polite, so the adults stepped in.
            The word “bobbies” is to breasts what the Kardashians TV show is to cinematic art. Why are the school administrators beign hounded because the wish to uphold standards of common cout=rtesy. How do you think young girls who still may retain some of their innocence feel when they have to be subjected to this kind of sniggering? It is rude. I can lighten up all day long, but who will go to bat for the innocence of our children and the tattered remains of a polite society? I did not start out to make this a big deal, but it has reached EEE proportions on this thread for some reason.

  • Red47

    They are lewd and vulgar. Why do I have to have my private parts denigrated in the public square? We are not children. We need to act like adults.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      Get a life.

      • Red47

        Get some manners. The pornification of our society is in full swing. Our young women do not know enough to draw protective boundaries and cheapen themselves all the way to the supreme court. Where are their parents? Why do they not teach their children that they have inherent value and are not cartoons? You tell me to get a life. Nice try from an objectifier of women.

        • Alias47

          This has nothing to do with “pornification” of our society…and nothing to do with “denigrating my [your] body parts in the public square” I also recommend you look up the definition of denigrate before using that word again. These bracelets cause no harm to society, and the only reason they are disruptive in school, is because the school administration made such a HUGE deal about them. They should absolutely be protected under the free speech clause of the first amendment…and whether it fits your personal moral code or not…free speech is exactly that, free. The word “boobs” is neither lewd, nor vulgar…and neither are the bracelets. They bring awareness to a disease that is most often preventable…if women get examined on a regular basis. That is good for our society…for our mothers…and sisters. As for acting like children…the only one acting like a child here is you. You heard the word “boobies” and pointed the finger and said “Ooooh…they said a naughty word!” Just like my two year old.

          • Red47

            You are uninformed and call me names. I would suggest you are not familiar with being polite. It is lewd and I thank you to be respectful. Adults in a society do not need to be objectified to bring attention to a disease.

          • Alias47

            I am not uninformed…and I didn’t call you names, merely stated my opinion of your dialogue. What you need to understand is that no one objectified you or anyone else, or anyone’s body, or the female gender, etc.
            I urge you to read the Constitution of the United States…as well as the bill of rights. The First Amendment does not solely protect political speech, but ALL speech. It is in place to protect speech that is hated and found intolerable by the majority of people. The right to be verbally rude is completely protected by the first amendment, and has been upheld by the Supreme Court. Just as you have a the first amendment right to voice your outrage at being offended. I am extremely familiar with polite discourse and etiquette, and would have been much more satisfied if that was the course of this discussion, but you lost the common respect from me when you decided to present your opinion as fact in a condescending manner ripe with disdain. I find your sanctimonious demeanor to be extremely offensive and I decided to voice my outrage and opinion. We are both on two sides of the same coin. As such…I do not see this conversation progressing any further…or either of us being swayed by the others argument…so I will find a better use of my time. Please have a nice afternoon…and a wonderful weekend. I hope that you find peace and contentment today…and always.

          • Red47

            The word is impolite. The school is upholding a standard, the same as banning swearing. Freedom of speech my backside. You don’t agree. But you are rude about it.

          • Alias47

            I find your endless condescension to be extremely rude and tasteless as well. I still hope you have a nice weekend.

          • Hoodoo H

            They are RIGHT ABOUT IT.

          • J. Brown

            Breast Cancer knows no bounds, a close friend ( Male ) at the American Legion died recently of breast cancer. My wife after fifty plus years uses the term “boobies” (preferable to the locker room term beginning with a T ). Everyone should save their indignities for some more serious discussions and enjoy life.

          • Red47

            Men do not have “boobies” either. I hope your friend is on the mend or cancer free. Because the issues of life and death exist, we do not have to become a coarsened society. That is a silly argument in this case.

          • Alias47

            Agreed…and my condolensences for the loss of your friend. I only omitted this fact for the mere sake of brevity…and I apologize for making the false assertion that this disease is gender specific. Thank you for the statement…it made me realize that my indignation in response to the same might be overboard at this point…I find that freedom of speech is one of my “hot button” topics…and cannot stand the censorship of words, thoughts, or ideas. When I see people acting as if their morality or perspective should be the standard for everyone, it upsets me. Have a great day…I am going to enjoy the rest of mine.

          • Red47

            Denigrate: to disparage.

        • Daniel F. Melton

          Objectifier of women? Hardly.

    • J. Brown

      Red we are not talking about your “private parts”, the discussion centers on rubbery bracelets with a slogan and over stepping the bounds of free speech by alleged adults in discharge of their jobs.

      • Red47

        How is the school supporting a public standard of politeness a free speech issue? This is no different than not allowing t-shirts with liquor ads. “Boobs” is a vulgar term to use publically in referring to a female body part. Put in on a bracelet, attach it to a “cause” and it is still denigrating and bad manners. ” Nice boobs” is not a polite compliment.

        • Alias47

          Nobody said nice boobs. The problem here is you are making this personal and it was never personal for ANYONE. There was never a comment made about, to, or even near ANYONE’s breasts, much less your own. There was never even a comment made! It was written, on a rubber bracelet.

          BTW…nice boobs can be a polite comment…depends on who you are talking to…and the context it was made in.

          There is no “public standard of politeness” and even if there were, it would be trumped by the First Amendment which does not discern speech that is covered and not covered…it is ALL covered. It is completely different than allowing liquor ads in school as, presumably, NONE of the students are of age to legally consume alcohol…and corporate advertisement is NOT necessarily covered under the First Amendment.

          I understand your argument about manners…and the lack of them exhibited by both children and adults in our society. While manners, and the lack thereof, are important to our society, and I feel not enough children are being raised with proper manners, you are being extremely puritanical in this case, in my opinion. We can speak all day about manners and politesse, but these are completely subjective notions and cannot be legislated beyond where you are causing intentional harm to another individual.

          • Red47

            The problem is that it is rude and the school is objecting. You don’t like it.

          • Alias47

            There is nothing rude about the use of this word in the application as described above. NOTHING. The school may pretend they are doing this because of their high moral character, which leads you to band with them because of your apparent belief that you are of superior morals than the rest of us mere peasants. Please do not confuse the subject…the school is doing this to prevent any possible repercussions due to someone, much like yourself, taking personal offense…at a word…written on a rubber bracelet.

          • Hoodoo H

            I suppose she also drives down the highway and yells to other drivers with something on their bumber that offends her.
            Wonder if the AMERICAN FLAG on my rear window offends her?

          • Red47

            You are casting aspersions again. If you want to be a boobie babbling peasant, go ahead, if that is how you view it.

          • Hoodoo H

            Well said.

        • Hoodoo H

          A harmless word.
          Do you recall the simple family teaching:
          ‘STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES, BUT WORDS WILL NEVER HURT ME?’
          I suggest you start living by it and teaching your children the same to toughen them up.
          Society will never be polite; however, the noted teaching does not apply to the harmless bracelets you are bit ching and moaning about.

          • Red47

            Words have meaning Hoodoo. The demeaning of body parts leads or follows their lack of value. Which one is under debate.
            Good grief. What is wrong with a polite society? Several of you have a severe problem with basic graciousness toward ones fellow humans. One of you calls it condescension. At least you didn’t go there.

        • Daniel F. Melton

          Because the “public standard of politeness” arbitrarily imposed by faceless authority is cultural stalinism.

          http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/blue-footed-booby/
          Blue-Footed Booby
          “Blue-footed boobies are aptly named, and males take great pride in their
          fabulous feet. During mating rituals, male birds show off their feet to
          prospective mates with a high-stepping strut. The bluer the feet, the
          more attractive the mate.”
          “All half-dozen or so booby species are thought to take their name from
          the Spanish word “bobo.” The term means “stupid,” which is how early
          European colonists may have characterized these clumsy and unwary birds
          when they saw them on land—their least graceful environment.”

    • Hoodoo H

      It’s a bracelet on someone’s wrist, FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
      If you do-do-not-like-it…then do-not-read-it.
      While politeness may be a cocern to an extent, your blathering about stopping Freedom Of Speech does nothing but help Obama’s agenda towards silencing every little thing we say or do.
      THINK ABOUT IT.
      YOU SEEM LIKE AN EDUCATED WOMAN.
      Right at this moment is not the time to worry about this miniscule issue.
      KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE OTHER HAND OF OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION, AS HE COMMONLY WILL USE ISSUES OF FEELING TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE REAL ISSUES.

      • Alias47

        I was having a hard time discerning between her very conservative view of the subject at hand…and the advocating of the extremely liberal position of “political correctness” and the notion that everyone has a right to NOT be offended. Very nice and apparently educated woman…but enigmatic to say the least.

        • Hoodoo H

          Agreed. Freedom of Speech is one of my hot button topics as well…anything to do with the Constitution being tread upon is a hot button topic in my book.
          All these folks need to see the good in people and not get their feeling hurt so much. Jusst seems like someone that has been sheltered.

          • Alias47

            Agreed…I kept seeing visions of Little House on the Prairie as I read the comments. =)

          • Hoodoo H

            Lol…be careful…I think we’d be dating ourselves speaking about that one. Ha

          • Alias47

            LOL!

      • Red47

        I am an educated woman, but I still am polite. The campaign is rude, so is the Ta-Tas one. It is not polite, and the school is upholding that. You object. Fine.

        • Hoodoo H

          So ingore it and let people use their Freedom freely.
          C’MON LADY !

          • Red47

            My opinion is that it is impolite and that causes a firestorm? Someone freaked out on me.

          • Alias47

            You didn’t merely state your opinion…you posed the question “it is not protected political speech, so under what grounds are they suing all the way to the SCOTUS?”. While I agree with this contention, it is purely on the matter of semantics. It is not political, although it is most certainly PROTECTED speech.
            The reason you drew (and continued to draw) negative attention wasn’t so concise and circumspect as you make it appear by saying the “firestorm” is due to your opinion is that it was impolite. It is not your opinion of impropriety that I found offensive. Your moralizing attack on the freedoms of others was disdainful and condescending…and that is what I find reprehensible.

          • Red47

            You are right on that. I don’t see how it is protected speech as it is not political or religious. it is still impolite. You are offended that I find it so. Fine. Why do you continue with this. You will not change my mind. You cannot make me “feel bad” which appears to be your goal. you have gotten personal and won’t engage in reasoned discourse.

          • Alias47

            The first amendment protects ALL speech…not just political or religious speech…or speech you don’t personally find offensive…ALL speech. I am not offended that you find it impolite…that is your right and I defend it. I am outraged that you claim your opinion of it being impolite is all the reason you seem to feel you need for calling for someone to lose their first amendment rights. I am not trying to change your mind…and I am not getting personal. Just because you are unreasonable does not mean my discourse was not reasoned. Now good day madam.

  • Timewarped

    What a waste of taxpayer’s money … this is why we need to end public education and only permit private education. The educators are simply too damn stupid to teach

  • Daniel F. Melton

    Boobies? That’s a bird, ain’t it? (sarcasm)
    What ever happened to freedom of speech? These idiot school board stalinists have made this more public and expensive than if they would have ignored the bracelets. Would they be so offended if they were to be paying for the lawyers and facing penalties personally? Somehow I doubt it.

  • J. Brown

    “In this hypersexualized environment” , do these board members imagine that their miniscule effort will stem the tide of our society? Try an adult approach and see if a dose of common sense might stiffel the problems.

    • Alias47

      Amen…too bad public schools banned common sense years ago.

      • J. Brown

        I agree. Fought the lack of comon sense for decades with several different school boards and learned from up close and personal experience that the people making up the boards are decidedly egocentric and have a dash of narcissism to cover their lack of skills.

        • Alias47

          It seems this is also found in the higher echelons of the administrators they tend to hire as well!

    • Red47

      Any effort is a part of the battle.

  • Steve

    What we really need is a ban on liberal demonRATS.

  • AmericanLass

    Classy, real classy. Like no one would get their message if they didn’t get graphic.

  • bahndon

    Boobies are on both male and female, both get breast cancer, on a woman there is the self esteem issue, and for men there is the self esteem issue, the biggest difference is women can get a re-construction and look better after, men just get scars.

  • 1baronrichsnot1

    You want lewd? Try the entireity of the US gov’t, bunch of lewd, pink pantied, men with no balls!

  • sludog

    What is with these morons, way to waste taxpayer money. As I’ve said many times there must be some kind of mental disease that affects people as soon as they start to work in the public education system.

  • Michael

    I heart boobies too.

  • Rattlerjake

    So if I say I like those web-footed, marine diving birds (called boobies), I’m a pervert? These libturds know no bounds with their stupidity, we definitely need a “cleansing” of our society!

  • bluejacket472

    This is a great opportunity for young adults to learn about the First Amendment, the Constitution, defending one’s individual rights, and the judicial process and an early age.

  • MontieR

    Of course the ACLU is involved, american, clueless, liberal union.

  • Wrightclick

    Look on the bright side. It could have said ‘Thanks for the mammaries!’

    I think it’s hilarious. So now we need a euphemism for a euphemism? How far do we take it?

    Besides, I really [heart] these Booby’s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Blue-footed_Booby_%28Sula_nebouxii%29_-one_leg_raised.jpg

  • Jeffrey Olah

    School district solicitor John Freund said these organizations back the board because they are “concerned about the implications of a hyper-sexualized environment,” according to the report.

    but yet they’ll hand out condoms

  • old_salty_dawg99

    Just another STUPID lawsuit. The bracelet is not disruptive as the school for throwqing the girls out over a STUPID thing like the bracelet.,

  • Larry Cowden

    Ever wonder where all the idiot school board members in this country country come from? Not a dam one of them has the sense to poor piss out of a boot with the instructions written on the heel of it! From freedom of speech, support for our Constitution and Bill of Rights, support for God and more, those idiots are slowly destroying our kids minds and beliefs. And usually it’s one member with a self seeking mission to force their misguided sense of what is right and wrong upon the kids through abuse of power. And that dam well is what it is. They abuse their positions continuously on every thing from tossing kids out of school for eating poptarts, to nerfy guns for a sciene experiment, to even have a fishing tackle box in the trunk of their car. When is this going to end?

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