October 4, 2010 in City

Compromise reached in bracelet brouhaha


A Riverside High School student can wear his “I Love Boobies!” bracelet to school to support breast cancer research, as long as it’s turned inside out, according to the student’s mother.

Lisa Jewell said today that her son, 16-year-old sophomore Dakota Jewell, reached that compromise with school administrators after being suspended from school on Thursday and Friday last week.

The reverse side of the plastic band sports the name of the nonprofit organization its sales benefit, the Keep a Breast Foundation.

Dakota Jewell wore the bracelet to school Thursday, saying he was simply trying to support breast cancer awareness. The school had sponsored several activities for breast cancer awareness during the week.

He and a friend were suspended Thursday after refusing several requests by administrators that they remove the bracelets.

Principal John McCoy said the boys were suspended for not doing what they were told, not for wearing the bracelets. Jewell was suspended again Friday when he returned to school wearing the bracelet.

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