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Supreme Court Staying Out of Breast-Cancer Bracelet Dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to take up a legal dispute over whether school districts can ban bracelets worn by students bearing the slogan "I ♥ boobies! (KEEP A BREAST)" to promote breast cancer awareness.

School officials in some districts say the bracelets are disruptive and have caused disciplinary problems.

The Easton Area School District in Pennsylvania, on the New Jersey border, banned them as lewd — and two students and the American Civil Liberties Union sued. They prevailed in a federal appeals court, which struck down the ban, and the Supreme Court let that ruling stand.

The bracelets are distributed by a nonprofit group, the Keep A Breast Foundation of Carlsbad, Calif.

Image: Brianna Hawk, Kayla Martinez
Easton Area School District students Brianna Hawk, 15, left, and Kayla Martinez, 14, spoke to reporters outside the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia last February. The court struck down a ban on "I (heart) Boobies!" The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of that decision. Matt Rourke / AP, file