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Is High School Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirt With Word 'Bumps' Inappropriate?

"It's catchy but it was never meant to be controversial."

Arizona high school cheerleaders, like many donning pink and wearing breast cancer awareness slogans this month, created a t-shirt of their own. But the administration is saying they cannot wear the shirts as the message is "objectionable."

The pale pink shirts of the Gilbert High School cheer team bear the slogan "Feel for Lumps, Save Your Bumps." It's a slogan that the cheer booster club president said was deemed more "high school appropriate" compared to others, like "Save the Tatas."

Watch the local ABC affiliate's report:

The Arizona Republic reports the girls had planned to wear the shirts at a Friday night football game to raise money for the cause and Principal J. Charles Santa Cruz said they could wear the shirts but needed to cover up the "Save Your Bumps" part:

"When we start combining those words and trying to be cute, I was concerned how it would impact the student body if it were worn for a prolonged period of time," Santa Cruz said.

Gilbert High junior Natalie was reported as saying they believed the shirts didn't say anything a doctor wouldn't say. The high schoolers note that other team or club t-shirts they have seen allude to sexual references, a reference they don't believe is associated with their shirt. Arizona Republic has more:

The girls also said they have seen Gilbert High choir shirts with the words, "I'd hit that," referring to a note. Santa Cruz said the shirts were worn last year and he advised the choir teacher the shirts were inappropriate and shouldn't be worn.

The cheerleaders also said they've seen Gilbert High American sign-language club shirts said, "I'm good with my hands." Another breast-cancer awareness shirt they've seen is "Save second base."

"What's the difference?" said Natalie, referring to their shirt. "This (the saying) isn't even sexual.

A similar ban was enacted last year in school districts across the country against bracelets being worn by high school students with the phrase "I (heart) boobies." Gilbert High was one of these schools.

[h/t USA Today]

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