Easton taxpayers really paying legal costs to fight the ‘I (heart) Boobies’ bracelet? You must be joking…

Breast Cancer Bracelets

It’s back to the world of total stupidity. This time in Easton, Pa.

Courtesy of the Associated Press:

PHILADELPHIA – Two Pennsylvania teens have taken their fight over a school ban on “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets to a U.S. appeals court.

The Easton Area School District believes the bracelets have a sexual undertone that invites disruption in the classroom.

But 15-year-old Brianna Hawk and 14-year-old Kayla Martinez say they merely hoped to promote breast cancer awareness at their middle school.

The First Amendment case has been in court since 2010.

A federal judge had sided with the girls, but the school district appealed, leading to arguments Wednesday before the entire circuit court.

Judge Dolores Sloviter said she doesn’t see the slogan as sexual.

She told the packed room that the Philadelphia-based Third Circuit had once lost a colleague to the disease.

(Here’s a link to the longer story from the Easton Express-Times: http://bit.ly/155UvBu)

Two teens girls like tens of thousands of others their age had taken the fight against breast cancer to wearing the usually colorful “I (heart) Boobies” bracelets. Now I hope I haven’t made you giggle, laugh, chuckle or sexually aroused by the use of either the word breast or boobies. Because apparently the Easton Area School District has a real issue, especially with the word boobies. They say that the bracelets with the word boobies is causing a distraction in the classroom.

According to the Express-Times story, students Kayla Martinez and Brianna Hawk wore the bracelets on the district’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day, the ACLU says. But the display came after the district’s ban of these bracelets was already in effect, according to Easton Area School District solicitor John Freund, and a middle school student could draw a sexual meaning from them.

To Freund, banning the bracelets is a clear way to “encourage decorum in schools and preserve the civility of discussion in the classroom,” he argued today before the full U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

OK, is this guy for real? Does he (and the school district) really think that two teen girls wearing bracelets promoting the fight against breast cancer with the word boobies on it will cause a problem in the classrooms? When was this guy ever or most recently in a classroom? Does he have any teen kids? If he did he would realize that these bracelets are as benign an image as exists. It would be like the pink ribbon representing the fight against breast cancer on a coat. Kids act goofy about a lot of things but breast cancer isn’t one of them. And the word boobies is certainly not the worst word they have ever heard.

Does Mr. Freund ever watch television? Has he seen 16 and Pregnant? Jersey Shore?

I honestly cannot believe that the school district in Easton actually spent money to take this all the way to the courts. If I was a taxpayer in that district the solicitor’s phone lines would be lighting up like Christmas trees. Or perhaps “holiday trees” since we wouldn’t want to offend anyone.

Please judges. End this circus. Toss this out. Let the girls wear the bracelets, sell the bracelets, give them away so that everyone is wearing one to show the solidarity of young people against such a horrible disease like breast cancer.

And the school district needs to send Mr. Freund packing. Find another job man. You’re as clueless as the school district. If you had any sense – common or otherwise – you would have advised the Easton Area School District to spend their legal money on a real fight.

— Andy Hachadorian

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