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Oklahoma principal not supportive of breast-cancer statement


Gazette staff April 26th, 2007

When is addressing breast cancer a bit too risqué? Apparently for administrators at Oklahoma Union High School " according to a mom-daughter duo " in school.   Sam...

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When is addressing breast cancer a bit too risqué? Apparently for administrators at Oklahoma Union High School " according to a mom-daughter duo " in school.

 

Samantha Kuehn, a senior at the rural school near Bartlesville, got sent home to change recently after she sported what the principal termed an "inappropriate" article of clothing: a pink T-shirt with the phrase "save the ta-tas" and a small breast-cancer-awareness ribbon emblazoned across it.

 

"I was so surprised that my shirt would cause so much trouble," Kuehn said, according to a Coffeyville (Kan.) Journal report reprinted in The Norman Transcript. "Other girls wear low-cut shirts or belly shirts and the boys wear shirts with put downs on them and no one bothers them.

 

"My shirt isn't really vulgar or offensive at all, and it means something to me. The principal told me 'It could be taken the wrong way.'"

 

Kuehn's mother had a mastectomy in March, shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer, and Kuehn bought the shirt to show support for her, according to the story. She got it from www.savethetatas.com, which offers tees with the phrase (and variations) for women, men and dogs (!). Five percent of each sale goes toward cancer research.

 

"I felt that the shirt was inappropriate to wear to school," said Principal Steven Barth, according to the story.

 

Although he added he felt for Kuehn's mother, he commented on the general poor taste of the apparel (not necessarily the shirt Kuehn wore). "If you check the Web site, the clothing sold there is suggestive," he said.

 

Bucky's guessing he's referring to the cute (yes, they are cutely designed) tees for women with phrases like "you couldn't afford my ta-tas" and for men with stereotypical "duh" statements like "ta-tas are awesome."

 

(Maybe, given the circumstances, Kuehn should have approached Barth wearing the one saying "my ta-tas could beat up your ta-tas"?)

 

Well, maybe that does push it a bit far for public schools. At least, public schools in Oklahoma. With a little further digging, CFN's intrepid intern unearthed the origins of the clothing company as in that bed of impropriety itself: California!

 
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