Ind. middle schooler settles ‘boobies’ bracelet lawsuit, still won’t be allowed to wear it

An Indiana middle school student has settled his free speech lawsuit over an “I (Heart) Boobies” breast cancer awareness bracelet, but will not be allowed to wear it.The Twin Lakes School Corporation and “L.G.,” an eighth grader who was told he could not wear the bracelet, have decided to drop the case, according to school district attorney Tom Wheeler.No money will change hands as a result of the settlement, he said, and the district’s policy will not change.Wheeler said the bracelets cannot be worn in the eighth grade or below, but may be worn in high school as long as they don’t cause a disruption.

Ind. students, school settle ‘penis pops’ online speech case without money damages

A pair of Indiana students will not receive money damages from the school district that punished them for Facebook photos, despite a judge ruling in their favor.The students have settled their free speech lawsuit against the Smith-Green Community School Corporation. Under the settlement, the students will not receive damages or attorney’s fees, but the school corporation is prohibited from enforcing provisions in its student handbook that allowed the students to be punished after posting pictures of themselves with penis-shaped lollipops.The school corporation can no longer enforce provisions that allow students to be removed from extracurricular activities because the students act “in a manner in school or out of school that brings discredit or dishonor upon [the students] or [the] school,” Judge Philip Simon wrote in a final judgment issued Tuesday.The order makes permanent an injunction from August, and comes nearly three years after two 10th-grade girls were suspended from the Churubusco High School volleyball team and other extracurricular activities after posing with the “phallic-shaped rainbow colored lollipops.”In Simon's earlier ruling, he found the students had engaged in protected speech when they posted the photos at home on their own time.