BENTON, MO (KFVS) - A very visible way to raise awareness for breast cancer becomes a hot issue in Heartland public schools.
Several districts have banned the popular plastic bracelets and T-shirts that read "I heart boobies."
Kelly Superintendent Don Moore says a ban at the beginning of the year got rid of problems at Kelly.
"At one point students were coming in with the bracelets all the way up their arms," said Moore. "It created an atmosphere that's inappropriate for school."
Moore says the bracelets were a distraction and he feared harassment could become an issue.
"There are a lot of other ways to support breast cancer awareness. We don't need to pick an area that's inappropriate for school," said Moore.
The school supports breast cancer in other ways like a pink night hosted by the cheerleaders and T-shirt sales.
Meanwhile, parents and breast cancer survivors we spoke with have mixed feelings about the ban.
"I don't want my son to wear one," said Heather Magee. "He's ten. I think breast cancer awareness is great but they don't need to wear bracelets that say 'boobies' on them."
"I think anything that raises awareness is good," said Audra Perry, a high school parent.
"For me I think they're great," said breast cancer survivor, Judy Settle.
Settle says her 15-year-old son wears his bracelet proudly. It's a way for them to use humor to cope.
"He gets it," said Settle. "The goofiness isn't a problem for him. He knows by wearing it he's raising awareness, he's helping."
Settle says she does understand why some school would shut out the slogans.
"Some people are going to wear them for the wrong reasons," said Settle. "But, we hope everyone wears them for the right reasons!"
If you want to support the cause, call the American Cancer Society at 573-443-9352.