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‘Boobies’ May Be Going to the Supreme Court in Strange Free Speech Case

A case involving “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets could be headed for the Supreme Court, stemming from controversy over an unorthodox breast cancer awareness campaign at a Pennsylvania middle school that’s made some school officials feel rather uncomfortable.

The Easton Area School District took issue with a campaign to raise breast cancer awareness with some very provocative bracelets some years ago, and in 2010 two students attempted to protest the ban during Breast Cancer Awareness Day. They were summarily suspended and filed a lawsuit.

Both a lower court and a federal appeals court ruled on the side of the students, but the school board is now entertaining drastic action.

The Easton Area School District board voted 7-1 Tuesday night to appeal a federal appeals court’s decision that rejected its claim the bracelets are lewd and should be banned from school…

Superintendent John Reinhart told The Express-Times of Easton he supports the board’s decision.

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

In court sessions, Reinhart had called the bracelets “cause-based marketing energized by sexual double-entendres.”

The one board member who voted against it said, “I think we should be done with it.” The Supreme Court has yet to decide whether it will permit to hear a case that will lend itself to liberal use of the word “boobies” in official transcripts for the highest court in the nation.

Watch ABC News’ report on the initial controversy here:

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