Local student says he was suspended for wearing a breast cancer awareness shirt

A local high school student claims he was suspended for wearing a breast cancer awareness shirt.

"Trying to support breast cancer and you get suspended for it," said Jeremy Alexander, a junior at Southmoore High School.

Jeremy said 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 was sent home for the rest of the day. The shirt he was wearing said "twin peaks" on the front and "save the scenery" on the back. Jeremy said the principal claimed it was offensive to women. but many students say they don't understand how it could be offensive when the school has sold shirts that say "big or small save them all" and "save second base"

"It's really kind of double standards," said Southmoore Senior Deric Winters, who designed the shirt.

Deric said the shirt 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."

When the school refused to sell the apparel, Deric teamed up with Twin Peaks Restaurant.
He said hundreds of "save the scenery" 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."

In a statement the principal of Southmoore claims no students were suspended but asked to go home and change into appropriate attire.

He admitted the "save second base shirts" were 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. You shouldn't tell students no," said Deric.

"I was wearing it for a good cause which is all that should matter," added Jeremy.

The shirts have been banned from Southmoore but are being sold at Twin Peaks Restaurants. They are $20. All proceeds benefit Oklahoma Project Women.