School district up in arms over appropriateness of cancer bracelets

A show of support, or an inappropriate statement?

A school in the Fresno, California area is facing criticism after it banned students from wearing plastic cancer-support bracelets with the message “I Love Boobies” on them. The bracelets, sold for about $4 as part of a cancer research fundraising campaign, are a part of the American Cancer Society’s effort to reach a younger demographic.

But administrators at Clovis Unified School District confiscated over twenty of the bracelets from students in the last week before deciding to meet with students and find out where the bracelets came from and why students were wearing them, according to a district spokeswoman.

The district has a “strict” dress code that bans “jewelry containing sexually suggestive language or pictures.” However, students can wear “Just Say No To Drugs” bracelets and are allowed to wear the well-known yellow “LIVESTRONG” bracelets. The spokeswoman went on to say that some parents were angered by the district’s decision, saying that their kids should be allowed to wear the “I Love Boobies” bracelets.

Following more discussions, the district decided that the issue of raising money for breast cancer research was “important” and returned the confiscated bracelets. Still, one student said that she was told to remove her bracelet or administrators would take it from her.

“I didn’t think it was a big deal because of the reason why I was wearing it,” said eighth-grader Taylor Trujillo at a district school. She said that she was wearing the bracelet as a show of support for people who know cancer.

Similar reports nationwide say that school administrators have banned the “I Love Boobies” bracelets because of the apparently “suggestive” wording. A spokesperson from the American Cancer Society reiterates that the bracelets are a part of a campaign targeted at younger people, and that monies raised from bracelet sales will cover the cost of various programs for patients, including programs that provide cosmetics and even hair replacement for those who are struggling with their self-image following cancer treatment.

The American Cancer Society stands by the language used on the bracelets, stating that their campaign “is targeting teens…and college ages so that they can empower themselves to be advocates for their own bodies.”

What do you think? Should bracelets with the message “I Love Boobies” be banned in schools? What about the wearing of tee shirts bearing messages like “Save the Boobies” at breast cancer events, like the various Susan G. Komen races across the country? Is the language too suggestive, or is it appropriate considering the target demographic?


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