School Confiscates Student's Bracelet Worn in Honor of Breast Cancer Survivor Mom

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I Heart Boobies BraceletThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a high school sophomore and her Mother against the school superintendent charging that she violated the teen’s freedom of speech right by allowing her “I HEART Boobies” bracelet to be confiscated by the assistant principal.

The student, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor, had worn the bracelet for months in support of breast cancer research and in honor of her mother before having it confiscated.

Ok, so I totally support breast cancer awareness and am all for cancer research but I am not so sure that “I Heart Boobies” is appropriate for teens to be wearing to school. I think the bracelets are very cute and if I was a teenager, I'd probably think they were cute and cool to wear but schools have dress codes for a reason. The rules are in place to help prevent children from wearing inappropriate clothing and exposing other children to sayings, thoughts and actions that may be above their maturity level or may be offensive to others.

I am not opposed to supporting breast cancer research but if we allow this girl to wear her bracelet to school, then we have to allow any teen boy who wants to wear a shirt that says “I Heart Boobies” to school, as well. Then where does it stop?

Can children wear bracelets that say “I HEART Tits”? Or perhaps, in support of testicular cancer research we allow kids to wear shirts and bracelets that are inscribed with the saying, “I HEART BALLS!” Or perhaps to bring awareness to STD’s, teens would start wearing bracelets that said, “Save the Vagina” or “Dicks need love too!” I don’t know about you but I am pretty sure there would be loads of teen boys that would think all of these would be hilarious to wear and would want to wear them, with no actual concern for the cause.

I completely understand that this young young wants to support her mother and promote breast cancer awareness but allowing her to wear her bracelet to school opens up an entirely different can of worms, where the line between appropriate and inappropriate get subtly blurred until we can’t recognize when we are stepping right over it in the name of a good cause.

What do you think about teens wearing “I HEART Boobies” bracelets to school?

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kebates kebates

I agree.  While I think it's a cute idea, schools arent the place for it.  I would have hoped the school would have talked with the girl and her mother, explained that, while they support both of them, it was not the appropriate way to show your support in school.  I'm sure that they would have understood, and maybe even came up with another way for her daughter to support the cause (there are lots of breast cancer support items out there). 

Jscot... Jscott1216

What a load of crap! I have seen plenty of teenagers boys included wearing I heart boobies and save the boobies. Not a single teacher or faculty member complained. And I think as long as the school were to make it clear that these were the only shirts or bracelets students could wear like that then what's the problem? My 13 yr old step son wears I heart boobies bracelets, and he knows exactly what it stands for and does not try to make a joke of it just cause he's a boy. The school needs to pull the stick out of their asses.

Jespren Jespren

This is a tough one for me, and I think it would greatly depend upon the specifics of the school's dress code. If they would find a Hot Topic black shirt with "I heart boobies" in violation...then the bracelet is too. "Boobies" however is a pretty tame word and I know it's *not* specifically against many school's dress policy (boobies is hardly profanity after all). So it would depend upon the official policy. My h.s.'s dress policy was so obsurdly permissive I know this would have in no way contradicted it and it therefore would have been inapropriate (and discrimintory) to confiscate the bracelet.

Megankae Megankae

In my old high school lots of kids would wear the Tshirts saying "I heart Boobies" or "Save the Boobies". I'm not a hundred percent sure the exact slogans, but you get it.



They never got in trouble. But maybe my schools dress code was more lax than this school.

nonmember avatar j

My daughter (14) and her classmates have worn the "I Heart Boobies" bracelets since the beginning of the school year. Both the girls and boys wear them, and nearly all of them (280/300) take them seriously and realize the cause. Her principle is very proper and strict, but even he lets this one slide. I do agree someone could very easily cross a line, but being reprimanded for honoring your mother? This is ridiculous.

Mommy... MommyOfOne2710

In my school, kids didn't wear those bracelets to support breast cancer. They wore them because "everyone was doing it" and the slogan was hilarious.

jalaz77 jalaz77

I am sorry but you are looking for attention wearing a "I love boobies" bracelet, shirt....whatever...there are other ways to spread the word of breast cancer. I see girls with these on and think really?? Do you even know what that is about or are you wearing it because it is "cool". I am far from being a prude but this slogan is annoying. And if you are going to wear this be prepared for the crap you will encounter from young immature boys.

libby261 libby261

It is the 21st century and the nation is still gripped with puritanical and victorian ideals.  They're body parts, for cripes sake and for all the nicknames that breasts have... boobies is the most innocuous.  I think that the school went overboard and deserves to be sued.

Stacey. Stacey.

Unless they would allow boys to wear an "I love penises" bracelet I think the school had every right to ban them. saying you love boobies as a young adult has sexual connotations, it would be more tatseful for a school setting if it said "mammary gland awareness" or something.

momto... momtolittleg

I think that a pink ribbon bracelet with the words "support breast cancer research" would be a much more appropriate way to get her message out without the sensationalism of the slogan.

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