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Tinker Courtesy of TIME Magazine

Mary Beth and John Tinker model their controversial arm bands. Banning the breast cancer bracelets violates students' first amendment rights that were set during Tinker vs. Des Moines.

Tinker Courtesy of TIME Magazine

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Posted on October 14, 2010
Mary Beth and John Tinker model their controversial arm bands. Banning the breast cancer bracelets violates students' first amendment rights that were set during Tinker vs. Des Moines.

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  • Scott Scarbrough (View Email) on February 5, 2011 at 12:50 AM
    Perhaps you are unclear as to the fundamental difference between the armbands (political speech directed at governmental policy) and a bracelet with the phrase "I Love Boobies" (not political speech). Students, especially at the middle school level have not yet reached the developmental stage where they are intellectually capable of understanding tortured connection between "I Love Boobies" and breast cancer. However, they do understand "I Love Boobies" to mean love of the female breast. The absurdity of allowing such an expression on a "school" campus is self-evident. I would enjoy continuing this conversation.
  • Tiffany Lee (View Email) on February 12, 2011 at 9:05 PM
    While do agree with the fact that middle schoolers should and would not understand the connection between "I Love Boobies" and breast cancer, I fail to see the overall difference between those bracelets and these.
    It may have been a poor statement on the half of the students, but aren't they both simply symbolic speech?
    Banning the bracelets is the equivalent of trying to keep kids from swearing in class. It's just a word, it's just a picture, it's just a representation of a deeper meaning.
    The kids have good intentions. They are not trying to create a massive mob or protest. They are not trying to disrupt class. They are simply standing up for something they believe in.
  • Brooke on December 12, 2011 at 12:19 PM
    this is awesome (: im doing a project on them and they inspire me and i don't believe the "i love boobies" case is much different than this .
  • Robert on January 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    I disagree. Middle school kids do understand the relationship between the braclets and brest cancer and they abuse it by saying that is their reason for wearing it when it really isn't
  • Ardi Kinerd (View Email) on January 25, 2012 at 8:06 PM
    Can you please tell me what issue of Time Magazine this image originally appeared in? I'd like to read the article.

    Thanks.
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