Cali Middle School Up In Arms Over “I Love Boobies” Bracelets

Jessica Wakeman | February 3, 2010 - 3:50 pm

You think that grownups would be thrilled if kids showed an interest in something other than Facebook or Justin Bieber, but think again! Breast cancer awareness bracelets caused such a stir at Santa Clara Middle School in California that school administrators have actually banned them. The plastic wristbands carried saucy slogans, including “I Love Boobies” and “Keep A Breast.” Unsurprisingly, this was a bit much for 12-year-olds to handle. Administrators apparently forbid the breast-y bracelets from school after boys started harassing girls over the wristbands. Even a noble cause like breast cancer awareness is no excuse for tween boys to make their classmates uncomfortable. (Likewise, there’s no excuse for a tween girl wearing an “I Love Boobies!” wristband to show it off or talk about it in a way that makes any of her classmates uncomfortable.) And yet I think Santa Clara school board member Andrew Ratermann also has a point that the wristbands seemed to be designed to attract attention. Ratermann told ABC News:

“We would be fully supportive of the concept of wanting to do something about breast cancer. But, I think the makers of the bracelets chose intentionally to start a controversy because of the words they used.”

Understandably, though, kids and their parents are pissed, especially since a portion of bracelet sales support breast cancer charities. Parents say the wristbands not only let kids memorialize loved ones who have died from cancer, but they also raise awareness about a serious (albeit grown-up) disease in a lighthearted way. Karen Garaci, the mother of a 13-year-old daughter at the school, told ABC News:

“Instead of saying, ‘Look, breast cancer’s going to kill you. Do your exams.’ Here, I love boobies. Let’s save them and make it approachable for her age group.”

What do you think? Are bracelets that say “I Love Boobies” and “Keep A Breast” too much for middle schoolers? [ABC News]