ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- When a federal court in Philadelphia convenes Thursday, lawyers dressed in suits and armed with stacks of legal briefs are expected to appear before a judge, ready to do battle over a seven-letter plural noun that's hard to say without cracking a smile: boobies.
Go ahead, try it. Boobies.
The slang term for a woman's breasts stands trial in a free speech lawsuit between the Easton Area School District and two middle school girls, who were suspended in October for refusing to remove bracelets reading "I (Heart) Boobies!" in support of breast cancer awareness.
District administrators argue the word is lewd, vulgar and has no place in a middle school. Brianna Hawk, 13, and Kayla Martinez, 12, who are both represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, say the word is harmless and the district overreacted.