Breast Cancer Apparel Banned By School

A Weathorford Mother is not only fighting to survive breast cancer, but now she’s fighting for her daughter’s rights at her school.

Christen Gasca’s shirt that says “Save The Tatas” has offended administrators at Hall Middle School. They made her change it, as well as a bracelet that said I-heart boobies. Her mother, Jennifer Gasca, is suffering from stage 3 breast cancer. Gasca told CBS 11 that it’s just about raising awareness. Gasca said, “It’s got these kids interested in a very serious topic… but it’s almost turned around to being pornography by the school.” School officials told the Gascas that the shirt and bracelets violate the school’s dress code.

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  • Andrew G Lockhart

    I am heartily sick of reading about these stiff-necked officials and their version of propriety. Anyone who has lost a friend or relative through breast cancer – or cancer of any kind for that matter – will want to get behind campaigns to beat the disease. If I’m not mistaken, this is breast cancer awareness month; I know it is in the UK. Can’t dress codes and the like be suspended temporasrily for such a worthy cause.

  • Scott N

    The shirt, at least, is one promoted by local restaurant Bone Daddy’s. The girls who work there spent all last week wearing pink and promoting breast cancer awareness.

    I personally don’t see anything wrong with this. It’s certainly no more inappropriate than the “I like it on the ——–” posts a lot of girls put on their Facebook pages.

  • Hayley

    That is inappropriate for a middle school child!! It’s great that everybody of all ages are raising awareness, but there are more tasteful ways and apparel that show that awareness.

  • Lance

    Good for the school for standing up for appropriate expression. While the issue of breast cancer awareness is important, how the message is expressed is important as well. These expressions turn the message of breast cancer awareness into the trivial sexualization of women that women have opposed for so long.

  • gm

    I agree with Lance. The cause is just, but the way the message is delivered, it is easy to understand why some people might consider it tasteless and crude. It is certainly appropriate in the right context with the right audience, but not in a middle school.

  • Guest

    I am offended not by the girl, but by the organization that promotes the language. They will NOT get my donation.

  • SenseUnknown

    I agree that this kind of shirt is not appropriate for MS…and possibly not even for HS. What would the reaction be if guys (or girls) wore shirts about testicular cancer awareness that stated “Save The Gonads”, “Save the Nads” or something similar. I’m certain there would be a negative reaction and it would be deemed offensive for that age level. The desire of the Susan G. Komen foundation and others is admirable and beneficial. However, this is not appropriate for a MS setting.

  • Dick

    This is just stupid! Why do we have morons running schools? At least give students the good example of common sense.

  • tabbygato

    If the school has a policy about inappropriate slogans, then they have that right. There are other t-shirts that promote breast cancer. As SenseUnknown said, what about testicular cancer? Would a blatant t-shirt for it be appropriate? Testicular cancer does need more awareness among teenage boys though as it is very possible for them to get it. Also imagine inappropriate t-shirts for rectal, cervical and anal cancer. If they make an exception for inappropriate t-shirts for breast cancer, they’d have to make one for those.

  • Don

    I find that the same individuals that are “offended” by the breast cancer awareness message on the subject apparell also object to sex education of our youth. Discussion of both topics at home or at school are often avoided or prohibited because the “…kids can’t handle it…” or “…I’ll get around to teaching ’em at the right time”. The result is that there’s never a “right time” for discussing these “sensitive” subjects. Perhaps a adult homework should consist of researching how much the youngsters as young as 10-12 already know and are engaged in, sexually. The parent that wants to be the “go to” parent should take on the responsibility of teaching & discussing any subject or the youth are going to find alternative sources.

  • Craig

    When I was that age I was sent home for wearing a shirt with a beer logo. That was considered provocative in the 80’s. I am definately against government censorship, but when I grew up I understood that some parents do not want their kids exposed to alcohol…especially at that age. School is for learning, keep the distractions out.

  • Coretta Jackson

    I like the shirts, their cute and funny and of course help a great cause.

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