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Collects belts to uphold decorum
Mr. Mustaf said Thursday that he did not know how many belts had been collected, but was hoping for 500 belts by the end of the drive on Nov. 1.
During the week after the belts are collected from the drop-off locations, they will be distributed to some schools in the area, including Northwestern High School in Hyattsville and Johnson Middle School in Southeast Washington.
Briant Coleman, a spokesman for the county’s public school system, said he doesn’t think sagging pants are “an issue in our schools” because of the dress code.
“It’s not widespread,” Mr. Coleman said. If a student’s pants are dropping too low, “we tell them to pull them up.”
Not every school system — or local government — is as lenient as Prince George’s County.
During the summer, an Ohio man was sentenced to three days in jail on charges of contempt of court when he appeared before a judge in pants deemed too low.
Last year in Albany, Ga., the city collected $4,000 from fines related to a sagging-pants ban.
About seven years ago, the Virginia House of Representatives passed a bill that would have fined people $50 for wearing pants that were slung too low. The legislation died in the Senate.
Prince George’s County Council member Ingrid Turner said she is backing Mr. Mustaf’s drive because of the misinformation about what is appropriate dress for work.
“Many of our young people need guidance,” she said. “When pants are all the way down to the ankles and you almost walk out of your pants, that’s not professional. That’s not what we call an up-and-coming young person.”
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