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Eighth grader suing for banned bracelets

An eighth grade student at the Sauk Prairie Middle School recently filed a lawsuit against her school because they banned a breast cancer awareness bracelet, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Kaisy Jenkins and her mother Caran Braun filed the suit explaining that it violates her freedom of speech.

"Students do have First Amendment rights," the lawsuit states, according to the news source. "Silencing the speakers because other students might react inappropriately would amount to a constitutionally impermissible heckler's veto."

The bracelets, which are labeled with "I (heart) boobies! (Keep a Breast)," were distributed by the Keep a Breast Foundation in order to raise breast cancer awareness among the younger generation. They became very popular in Sauk Prairie Middle School, and the principal, Ted Harter, thought they were a distraction and banned them.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetime. The disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.
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