Pennsylvania School Sued over 'Boobies'-Bracelet Ban

By Maryclaire Dale | November 15, 2010 | 11:42 AM EST

(AP) - A free-speech lawsuit is being filed against a Pennsylvania school district that bans the popular "I (heart) boobies" bracelets.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the Easton Area School District ban violates students' First Amendment rights.

The suit filed Monday says two middle school students received in-school suspensions last month for wearing bracelets that say, "I (Heart) Boobies. Keep a Breast." The bracelets are sold by a nonprofit to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer organizations.

School officials call the rubber jewelry distracting and demeaning.

The ACLU says the bracelets are perhaps irreverent, but not indecent.

School districts across the country have run into similar disputes.