'I Love Boobies' Bracelets: Popular With Kids but Schools Object

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Breast cancer awareness bracelets cause uproar in schools

Eighth-grader Taylor Trujillo wears the "Boobies" bracelet that has California school officials raising their eyebrows. Credit: Gary Kazanjian, Fresno Bee / MCT

The latest fashion craze in one California school district declares the wearer's love for boobies, but officials don't seem to share in the enthusiasm.

Students in the Clovis Unified School District, in Clovis, Calif., have been spotted sporting colorful rubber bracelets emblazoned with the message "I Love Boobies," according to the Fresno Bee. The accessory is part of a breast cancer fundraising and awareness effort, an American Cancer Society spokeswoman tells that newspaper.

The only thing being raised by Clovis Unified officials, however, is eyebrows. Students who wear the $4 bracelets to class have been asked to remove them and stow them in lockers or backpacks, due to the provocative nature of their slogan. The district's dress code prohibits the wearing of any item that includes sexually suggestive language or pictures.

Taylor Trujillo, an eighth-grader at Granite Ridge Intermediate School in the Clovis district, tells the Bee she wore her bracelet on campus to show support for cancer patients. She says she was asked to put the item in her backpack, or it would be taken from her.

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"I didn't think it was a big deal because of the reason why I was wearing it," she tells the newspaper. "I feel that we should be able to wear them at school because they are not saying anything bad."

Funds raised from bracelet sales will be used for research and help pay for local support programs for patients, including cosmetics and hair replacement. But that hasn't swayed Clovis Unified. However, at least one school did relent after parents rallied to support the campaign -- and their kids' participation in it.

The Fresno Unified School District confiscated about 30 of the bracelets, but then listened to parents and met to discuss the campaign and its goal. They decided to return the bracelets and lifted their ban.

"Breast cancer has touched so many families and some students feel this is very important to them," Fresno Unified spokeswoman Susan Bedi tells the Bee.

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