9 teens suspended for 'I Heart Boobies' bracelets

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by KREM.com

KING5.com

Posted on October 1, 2010 at 9:09 PM

NEAR CHATTAROY-- Breast cancer awareness bracelets with a racy slogan are causing a stir.

The principal at Riverside High calls them a distraction. Now the principal isn’t backing down and neither are the students. 

The students like boobies and they aren’t afraid to show it. Logan Price is one of the nine students suspended because she refused to remove her “I heart boobies” bracelet.

Friday afternoon, instead of sitting in class those students stood behind their friend, Dakota Jewell. He doesn’t believe he should be suspended for something he believes in. He was suspended twice this week for his bracelet. He says he doesn’t wear it for the statement, he wears it for the reason behind it. Which in truth, is no laughing matter.

It’s attention grabbing bracelet touting breast cancer awareness.  Jewell battled a brain tumor. Many of his friends have been touched by cancer as well. A total of nine students at Riverside High School were suspended, not because they were wearing those bracelets, but because they refused to take them off.

Principal John McCoy says there were several students and adults concerned about, not the message, but the manner. And when they refused, they were suspended because McCoy says the bracelets were a distraction. McCoy says it’s a judgment call and he has no intention of backing down. Neither do the students, most have the backing of their parents.

Jewel says it’s not about the bracelet, it’s about what it supports. This all comes on the same week Riverside High dedicated to cancer awareness. There was suppose to be a mini-Relay for Life. It was canceled due to lack of interest. 

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