Thursday, March 13, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear "I heart boobies" appeal.
The Supreme Court of the United States allowed a lower court decision to stand, this week, that upheld the right of students to wear "I ♥ Boobies" bracelets for breast cancer awareness. In that case, in neighboring Pennsylvania, middle school students had been suspended for wearing the bracelets. The school, citing the Supreme Court's 1986 decision in Bethel School District v. Fraser, believed that they had the ability to ban this speech as being lewd, vulgar, and inappropriate. The decision not to take the case is not a decision on the merits but may be instructive to public school students and administration alike to help further clarify what speech is and is not constitutionally permissible inside the schoolhouse gates.