This is an historic day.
I am here to say that I am taking on my pal and fellow editor – Phil Heron of the Delaware County Daily Times.
Now Phil and I are a lot alike in some ways, yet very different in others. For example, he went to Catholic school; I didn’t.
Phil has written about the case of an Easton School District which is in a battle with students over the right to wear “I heart Boobies” bracelets. We all know what those bracelets are; they are rubber, colorful bands used to promote various causes and are sold to generate money for donations for those causes.
Apparently on Monday there was a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court which said that they would not hear an appeal from the Easton School District on a lower court ruling that ordered them to allow students to wear the bracelets.
I am not making this up. The highest court in the land was being asked to rule on the free speech merits of the rights of students to proclaim their love of “boobies.”
Let me preface this by saying I am a committed believer in the First Amendment. After all, it’s allowed me to make a living and pay the bills for more than three decades. Newspapering is the only job I’ve ever had as an adult.
However, I have to admit I am sometimes perplexed at the lengths people will go to argue their fights to free speech.
Now Phil does admit he understands the fight over the bracelets.
I understand what was behind this fracas. The bracelets and T-shirts were part of a breast-cancer awareness and fundraising drive. It is an admirable mission.
That does not mean I think they should be adorned for school.
Look, I love boobies as much as the next guy. And I have made a pretty good living for years by using just such double entendres in headlines.
But I still don’t think having kids proclaiming this kind of sentiment in schools is a good idea.
Phil, Phil, Phil. You are misguided.
What’s most ridiculous is that a school district wasted taxpayer (probably) money, the time and effort to put up such a stink. These kids weren’t wearing the bracelets to be vulgar, profane or to toss out sexual meanings. They wore (and likely sold) the bracelets to raise money to fight breast cancer.
If you had asked me I would have suggested giving these kids awards for the effort. We spend so much time criticizing our young people today and we have become so overly sensitive to some things that we look past the good stuff.
Unless I am missing something, this effort with the bracelets was one that I feel we should endorse at the very least. C’mon, are we really that skittish about the words: I heart Boobies? Really?
Let’s tell that to the kids in the Easton School District whose moms have died from breast cancer or who are trying to beat breast cancer. Are those kids selling the bracelets for kicks and giggles? I think not.
Our society needs to get over itself. Support our kids when they do good things. Lord knows we’re all over them when they’re not.
— Andy Hachadorian