Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled that two Pennsylvania middle school students would be permitted to wear “I (Heart) Boobies!” bracelets at school. The bracelets are distributed by the Keep a Breast Foundation and are intended to promote breast cancer awareness.
The students were joined by the ACLU in their lawsuit. The presiding judge ruled that the bracelets were not objectively lewd and encouraged students to discuss a positive cause.
But while Pennsylvania is taking a pro-boobie bracelet stance, Indiana isn’t so open to the idea.
Federal Judge Joseph VanBokkelen ruled today that Fort Wayne High School in Indiana has the right to ban the bracelets. The ruling came on a case that was filed by two Fort Wayne students and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
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Judge VanBokkelen took issue with the plaintiff’s argument that high school students are not mature enough to prevent the bracelet’s slogan from becoming a distraction.
“The evidence in the record reveals a low maturity level at the school," Judge VanBokkelen wrote. “The school could therefore reasonably conclude that the bracelet contained sexual innuendo that was vulgar within the context of North Side High School.”
A spokesperson for Fort Wayne High school released a statement saying the school is pleased with the judge’s decision. The ACLU has not decided whether they will appeal the judge’s decision.