The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against a local school district over a bracelet promoting breast cancer awareness.
The Easton Area School District's ban on bracelets with the slogan "I Love Boobies" violates students' First Amendment rights, according to the lawsuit filed Monday.
Two middle school students received in-school suspensions last month for wearing the bracelets.
The ACLU said it is asking a federal judge to issue an emergency injunction against the district?s bracelet ban and to lift punishment imposed on the girls, which forbids their participation in extra-curricular activities, including a dance this Friday evening.
?These girls have had people close to them affected and killed by breast cancer and they want to raise other students? awareness about this vitally important health concern,? said Mary Catherine Roper, staff attorney for the ACLU of Pennsylvania. ?Schools have some leeway to limit what students say in school, but that should not extend to banning expression about something as important as breast cancer.?
One of the students, Kayla Martinez, 12, told 69 News she was punished for refusing to take off her bracelets. She said she disagrees with the ban.
"Some of the mature people that are wearing or showing the 'I Love Boobies' bracelets have relatives that have died in the past or suffering from breast cancer at the moment," said Martinez. "This word, boobies, is not for the reason having sexual thought, but is for a good cause."
The school district has declined to comment on the ban or the lawsuit.
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