OKLAHOMA CITY — A high school student says he was suspended from school Friday after he wore a “Twin Peaks” breast cancer awareness t-shirt to class.
Jeremy Alexander, a junior at Southmoore High School in Oklahoma, said he refused to change and was sent home for the day.
He said 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.”
Southmoore senior Deric Winters designed the shirt and said it was not meant to be offensive in any way.
“I was sitting in my DECA class and just said hey let’s try and sell a t-shirt with DECA to try to raise money for us and also to go to breast cancer,” Winters said.
When the school refused to sell the shirt, Winters teamed up with Twin Peaks restaurant.
The t-shirt always has “Save the Scenic Views” printed on it. He says thousands of shirts have been sold and he hasn’t had any complaints.
“I’ve had several teachers that are also women, bought my shirt,” Winters said.
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 being sold.
“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.”
The two boys still can’t believe the shirt is causing such controversy.
“I was at least wearing it for a good cause which is all that should matter,” Alexander said.