Cancer Awareness Bracelets offensive to schools

Jenny Decker RN's picture
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In many parts of the country, schools are just getting started for the 2010-2011 school year. However, this year brings an intriguing question. Can Breast cancer awareness bracelets be offensive to schools? According to a spokeswoman for the Clovis Unified School District in Kelly Avants told ABCNews that the bracelets have been banned because they violate the school’s dress code.

In addressing why the breast cancer awareness bracelets have been banned, Avants states, “We have an existing dress code that specifically states clothing, jewelry or accessories with sexually suggestive language or images is not allowed at school.

Bracelets are a nationwide campaign for breast cancer awareness

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The bracelets are part of a nationwide campaign to bring awareness to breast cancer. The bracelets state, “I love boobies.” Many are arguing in blogs across the country that the message is not sexually suggestive. Part of the national campaign to raise breast cancer awareness was to target younger people by making the bracelets. The students are angry at the schools saying they are wearing the bracelets in support of a good cause.

The bracelets are $4 and monies raised go towards research to save lives. Keep A Breast, a nonprofit organization and the organization behind the bracelets state that the bracelets are meant to be an awareness building tool for young people to discuss the cancer without the taboo associated with it. Some schools are confiscating bracelets and threatening those who wear them with suspension from school. Is this a violation of the First Amendment? Many young are arguing that it is. Breast cancer awareness and monies for research are not sexually suggestive. It is about saving lives. It is getting the subject out in the open and it is about supporting those women (and men) who get breast cancer.

Warning signs of breast cancer include a lump in the breast, discharge from nipples when not breastfeeding, a change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast, redness of the skin on the breast or nipple, a marble-like hardened area under the skin, as well as other signs. Breast exams should be done every month, and regular mammograms should begin after the age of 40. If you believe you may have breast cancer, call your doctor right away.

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