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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Appeal in ‘Boobies’ Case

By Mark Walsh — March 25, 2014 1 min read

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a Pennsylvania district’s appeal of a lower-court ruling that upheld the right of students to wear “I ♥ Boobies” breast-cancer-awareness bracelets.

The 8,900-student Easton Area district had been joined by national school groups in urging the justices to review a case that they said had serious implications for discipline of what the schools view as vulgar and inappropriate student speech.

The justices declined without comment on March 10 to hear the district’s appeal in Easton Area School District v. B.H. The court’s action is not a decision on the merits, but it means the justices will not be delving back into thorny issues of student free speech in a case that attracted nationwide attention.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 26, 2014 edition of Education Week as Supreme Court Won’t Hear Appeal in ‘Boobies’ Case

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