Two girls from Pennsylvania are taking their fight to the highest court in the land. In 2010, the students, only 12 and 13 at the time, decided to challenge their school”s ban on “boobie bracelets” designed to increase awareness about breast cancer. The two filed suit when they were suspended for wearing the bangles.
Aided by the ACLU the girls have been successful in all court proceedings thus far.
In August the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision in favor of the two. The winning argument is simply the school never demonstrated that the accessories were disruptive.
The ACLU also views the case as a matter of freedom of speech.
It was reported that School solicitor John Freund claimed that the district had the backing of the National School Boards Association as well as the Pennsylvania School Board Association. According to him, these and other organizations are “concerned about the implications of a hyper-sexualized environment.”
One school board member had this wry observation about continuing the legal fight.
“I think we should be done with it. Let it go. We lost 20, 30 times, I don’t even know anymore.”
However, the fight continues.
These two young women are being stifled, at a very young age, for standing up for an important issue. This not about pornography or disrespect but jewelry with dramatic craft and marketing designed to direct attention to an important issue that affects over 12% of American women.
Boobie bracelets, meet Justice Scalia!