Federal appeals court restores ‘boobies’ bracelet

Offensive to some cannot justify censorship of student speech the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled. It upheld the right of two Pennsylvanie middle school students to wear the “I [heart] boobies” breast cancer awareness bracelets. The court ruled that the school district’s ban on the bracelets violated the students’ freedom of speech. (Student Press Law Center, August 5, 2013, by Sara Gregory)

The bracelets could not be considered lewd, vulgar profane (U.S. Supreme Court, Bethel School District v. Fraser) nor did the district show that the bracelets caused or could cause substantial disruption of the school (Tinker v. Des Moines). (Volokh Conspiracy, August 5, 2013, by Eugene Volokh)