Judge hears arguments on Pa. school's bracelet ban
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - February 19, 2011 -- A federal judge must now decide whether breast cancer fundraising bracelets that proclaim "I (heart) boobies!" can be banned by eastern Pennsylvania school district.
Mary Catherine Roper, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, says the Easton Area School District is improperly seeking "unreviewable and unfettered discretion" on interpreting the First Amendment for schoolchildren.
Roper told a federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday that two eighth-graders did not intend the message to be sexual.
But school district solicitor John Freund said other students saw a sexual double entendre in the bracelets' message. He said the principal counseled the girls on other ways to express their message.
One of the girls said she was a bit overwhelmed about all the controversy, but felt the cause was just.
philadelphia, pennsylvania, breast cancer, local/state
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