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Supreme Court declines ‘I (heart) Boobies’

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The United States Supreme Court said today, without comment, that it won’t accept a Pennsylvania school district’s appeal in a case involving two middle school students punished for wearing “I heart Boobies” breast cancer awareness bracelets.

In denying the case, the Court effectively ended the Easton school district’s legal fight and granted a victory to the two girls and their parents, who argued the girls had a First Amendment free speech right to wear the bracelets, despite a ban imposed by school administrators.

The Easton Express-Times said last week the school district spent $107,000 pursuing the case, with an insurance policy paying most of those costs.

If the Court had accepted the case, the Easton case would have joined a short list of historic decisions about public school dress code polices and the constitutional rights of minors.