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When a federal court in Philadelphia convenes Thursday, lawyers dressed in suits and armed with stacks of legal briefs are expected to appear before a judge, ready to do battle over a seven-letter plural noun that's hard to say without cracking a smile: boobies.
Go ahead, try it. Boobies.
The slang term for a woman's breasts stands trial in a free speech lawsuit between the Easton Area School District and two middle school girls, who were suspended in October for refusing to remove bracelets reading "I ♥ Boobies!" in support of breast cancer awareness.
Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)
Students do not leave their rights at the schoolhouse door.
To protest the Vietnam War, Mary Beth Tinker and her brother wore black armbands to school. Fearing a disruption, the administration prohibited wearing such armbands. The Tinkers were removed from school when they failed to comply, but the Supreme Court ruled that their actions were protected by the First Amendment.
Originally posted by janon
If it said "I Love (insert slang word for vagina)" that was suppose to be in support of the ASPCA this wouldn't be an issue. Same thing. Doesn't belong in a high school and the girls weren't wearing it to support breast cancer.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Originally posted by Hefficide
reply to post by ericsnow
If my middle school aged daughter was wearing a bracelet that said "I ♥ boobies" to school I'd be highly upset.
It is completely inappropriate for that environment and for girls of that age.
Personally I think the "breast cancer" excuse they used is just that - an excuse to get away with something they already knew was far too edgy.