PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal judges don’t often weigh in on middle-school dances.
But two Pennsylvania girls have U.S. District Judge Mary McLaughlin to thank for their invites to Friday’s Snow Ball dance.
Twelve-year-old Kayla Martinez and 13-year-old Brianna Hawk are fighting one-day suspensions for wearing “I (heart) boobies!” bracelets at Easton Area Middle School.
School officials deem the slogan inappropriate. The girls say the bracelets promote breast-cancer awareness.
They are suing the district on free-speech grounds, with help from the American Civil Liberties Union.
The suspensions include a one-month ban on school dances.
But at McLaughlin’s urging, the school agreed Thursday to hold off until a Dec. 16 court hearing.
The bracelet ban remains in effect.
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