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Pa. school district will appeal 'boobies' ruling

April 14, 2011

School officials in eastern Pennsylvania will appeal a federal judge's ruling that allows students to wear breast cancer fundraising bracelets that say, "I (heart) boobies!"

The Easton Area School District voted unanimously Wednesday to appeal the decision by District Judge Mary McLaughlin.

The judge's decision came in lawsuit filed by two middle school students who received in-school suspensions for wearing the bracelets.

McLaughlin ruled Tuesday the district cannot ban the rubber jewelry because it is not lewd, vulgar or distracting to the school day.

District solicitor John Freund says the decision "undermines the authority of school officials to promote civil dialogue and maintain decorum in the schools."

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