"Boobies" Bracelets Cause Stir in Wash. School
High School Bans Breast Cancer Bracelets, Citing Classroom Disturbances; Students, Parents Question Move
A Silverdale school is asking students not to wear bracelets that are intended to teach them about breast cancer.
The problem at Klahowya Secondary School is the message printed on the bracelets, "I love Boobies. Keep-A-Breast."
Principal Ryan Stevens told The Kitsap Sun the "boobies" reference causes problems in classrooms when some students made inappropriate gestures. He also says some staff members who are breast cancer survivors find the bracelets offensive.
The school is telling students to either turn them around or take them off.
But 16-year-old student Brittany Indvik said it's a good cause and the bracelet ban is a threat to her freedom of expression.
"It's a good cause and we're not allowed to stand up for it," she told the Sun. Teachers "tell us to stand up for something and then we get shot down for it."
The bracelets come from the California nonprofit Keep-A-Breast Foundation.
Indvik's mother, Victoria Burton, told the Sun that the school's ban on the rubber bracelets has only drawn more attention to them. Burton also said the school should focus its attention on other issues.
"There are other kids wearing really inappropriate T-shirts, students making out in the hallways," she said. "It's just funny that the school has picked that to ban. There are lots of other things they should be banning."