PEI

Boobie bracelets big hit at schools

Hundreds of young teenagers across P.E.I. are wearing bracelets expressing their love for boobies, but that's just fine with Island educators.
The bracelets raise money for education and to support women with breast cancer. (CBC)

Hundreds of young teenagers across P.E.I. are wearing bracelets expressing their love for boobies, and that's just fine with most Island educators.

The colourful bracelets are emblazoned with the phrase "I love boobies," and are made as a fundraiser by the Keep a Breast Foundation. Money raised from the bracelets goes towards breast education and support for women in Canada, the U.S., Australia and Europe.

While Keep a Breast is not affiliated with the Canadian Cancer Society, the bracelets are popular across Canada. Fourteen-year-old Madison Cormier of East Wiltshire Intermediate School wears a green I Love Boobies bracelet, and believes they have an impact.

"My dad has cancer and my aunt has breast cancer. So like, my dad takes needles and stuff so it's expensive," said Cormier.

"It feels good the fact that I am helping, and whatever I can do, I'd like to do."

The bracelets are a novelty item for some students, says Madison Cormier. (CBC)

The word "boobie" has prompted some school boards in B.C. and Ontario to ban the bracelets, saying they're inappropriate, and one elementary school on P.E.I. has asked students to remove them.

Cormier agrees that the novelty of the bracelets is a big attraction.

"A lot of the guys get it just because it says I love boobies," she said.

The issue was raised at the East Wiltshire Home and School. Principal Windsor Wight said he and parents agreed the teens are mature enough to wear them.

"There's always an opportunity to work with kids on these issues that are happening, and hopefully we can make a difference," said Wight.

Not all students will necessarily get it right away, said Wight, but as they get older they will understand more the importance of the issue.