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Teen in trouble for cancer awareness bracelet

September 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Northern California high school student is facing disciplinary action for wearing a cancer awareness bracelet that school officials said bears an offensive slogan. Hunter Cooper said he wore the bracelet, a gift from his mother, to honor his grandparents who died of cancer within weeks of each other.

The slogan on the bracelet says "I heart boobies."

Officials at Rocklin High School asked Cooper to hand over the bracelet for the day, and had him choose between Saturday school or suspension.

"I was surprised because I was just like, wow, there's not a good reason for me to take it off," said Cooper.

Cooper's mother said she liked the slogan because it was different, but school officials said it is not appropriate.

"If it says 'I love boobies,' yeah, it's inappropriate for school," said the principal of the school.

The Coopers said they plan to appeal the punishment if the superintendent doesn't rescind it.