A federal district court judge has denied a request by the ACLU of Wisconsin to end a ban on “I ♥ Boobies! (Keep A Breast)” bracelets at the Sauk Prairie Middle School in Wisconsin.
The court characterized the Keep A Breast foundation's slogan as a "vulgar and sexually provocative statement."
The ACLU responded. Attorney Tamara Packard said, "Our middle school client is dedicated to effectively and constructively educating her peers about breast cancer. It is disappointing that this decision will leave in place a ban on student speech that conveys our plaintiff’s belief that breast cancer is a critical women’s health issue of our time. The very purpose of the bracelets is to educate other young people about cancer prevention, testing, research and treatment."
The suit was filed a year ago on on behalf of a middle school student at Sauk Prairie Middle School who, along with many classmates, wore an “I ♥ Boobies! (Keep A Breast)” bracelet to school for months before the district banned them.
A federal district court in Pennsylvania stopped a ban on the bracelets last year and issued an opinion that the bracelets could not be considered lewd or vulgar. That case is on appeal.
The ACLU of Wisconsin and the Sauk Prairie student are evaluating their appeal options in the Wisconsin case.