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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