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Breast cancer awareness shirts causing controversy at high school

Updated: Tuesday, October 15 2013, 08:14 PM CDT
Reported by FOX 25:

A breast cancer awareness shirt causes controversy at a high school in the Oklahoma City.

The principal claims the shirt is offensive but the designer of the shirt disagrees.

Our sister station FOX 25 talked with the principal about a new policy concerning similar shirts.

“Trying to support breast cancer and you get suspended for it,” explained Jeremy Alexander.
Jeremy Alexander is a junior at Southmoore High School.

He says he wore a Twin Peaks Breast Cancer Awareness shirt to class Friday and got suspended for it.

“They tried to tell me to take it off but I refused to change,” Jeremy explained.
Jeremy was sent home for the rest of the day.  Jeremy says the principal claimed it was offensive to women.

But many students say they don’t understand how this shirt is offensive when the school sells shirts that say "big or small save them all" and "save second base."

“It’s really kind of double standards,” commented Deric Winters
Southmoore Senior Deric Winters designed the shirt.  He says it was not meant to be offensive in any way.

 “I was sitting in my DECA class and just said hey let’s try to sell a t-shirt with DECA to try to raise money for us and also to go to breast cancer,” Winters explained.
When the school refused to sell the apparel, Deric teamed up with Twin Peaks Restaurant.

He says hundreds of "save the scenic views" shirts have been sold and he hasn't had any complaints about the writing.

“I've had several teachers that are women who bought my shirt,” Winters added.
In a statement, the principal of Southmoore claims no students were suspended, but were asked to go home and change into appropriate attire.

He admitted the "save second base shirts" were being sold but went on to say, "when I found out about it, they quit selling them and the shirts were not allowed at school. I know nothing about a shirt that said "big or small save them all."

Still, Deric and Jeremy cannot believe a t-shirt is causing such a controversy.
“It’s supporting breast cancer,” Deric added. “You shouldn't tell students no.”

“I was wearing it for a good cause which is all that should matter,” Jeremy stated.

The shirts have been banned from Southmoore High School but are being sold at Twin Peaks Restaurant.

All proceeds go to Oklahoma project Woman.
Breast cancer awareness shirts causing controversy at high school

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