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Brace(let) yourself

They’re bright. They’re rubber. Lodi youth love them. But some school officials are cracking down on them. Find out what all the hype is behind Silly Bandz and ‘I Love Boobies’ bracelets that are all the rage.

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“I have Buzz Lightyear, SpongeBob ... They’re cool. They’re awesome. They’re tight!”
Joseph Becerra
Lodi High School

“I have a Boobies bracelet. I find it pretty.”
Heather Holman
Tokay High School

“Mine is ‘M’ for my girlfriend’s initial.”
Benjamin Fouth
Lodi High School

“Boobies ... everyone wears them. And because I just found out my mom has breast cancer.”
Bree Cook
Tokay High School

“I started wearing them when I was given one shaped like a turtle ... my favorite”
Victoria Pritchard
Lodi High School

“I have I Heart Boobies. My aunt has breast cancer, so I want to support breast cancer.”
Travis Manza
Lodi High School

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 7:29 am | Updated: 8:43 am, Fri Oct 22, 2010.

First there were charm bracelets with dangling tea pots and ballet shoes. In the ’80s, there were slap bracelets. And in the ’90s and early 2000s, women and children jumped on the Italian charm wagon.

Now, kids and teens have embraced a new fad: rubber bracelets. But some school officials aren’t so enthusiastic. They are concerned that the colorful ornamentations can be distracting — or even send an inappropriate message.

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