The article " 'Boobies' Bracelet Ban Struck Down" (Aug. 6), detailing a federal court's decision to strike down an Eastern Pennsylvania school district's ban on these bracelets -- which have the message "I (heart) Boobies!" in support of breast cancer awareness -- brought back memories of when I was in high school wearing the same bracelet. I can easily relate to and feel sympathy for the hardship that the girls had to undergo. The article discusses two girls who were suspended for trying to express themselves and raise awareness for breast cancer by wearing the bracelets.
A group of friends and I dealt with the same dilemma in high school. Before being told to remove the bracelets we wore them around the school for almost an entire week without any problem. It wasn't until we refused to remove them that it was made into a big deal. We were told to remove or flip over the bracelets because they were a "distraction" and "vulgar to others," including faculty, and if we did not remove them we would receive in-school suspension. We were given just that.
The bracelets were designed by a nonprofit, Keep a Breast Foundation, to promote breast cancer awareness among young people. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women this year, and about 39,620 women will die from breast cancer.
I still feel that having to remove the bracelets censored our ability to express ourselves and raise awareness for the disease, which affected two people very close to all of us.