- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sagging pants sent two Tennessee high-schoolers to the county jail this month after their low-riding wardrobe selections left them being charged with indecent exposure.

The two seniors each spent 48 hours in Hardeman County Jail as a result of wearing pants that infringed on Bolivar Central High School’s stringent dress code that states “low slung, baggy seat, baggy legged or bell bottom pants are not permitted.”

Four students from the Bolivar school east of Memphis were charged in early November with indecent exposure, and two of the repeat offenders were forced to spend the weekend in jail as a result.

“I just took it and went on. I didn’t know what else to do,” one of the students, 18-year-old Antonio Ammons, told WMC News.

“I really didn’t like it,” added Ammons, who said he also has been left forced to foot a $250 bill.

But while the Hardeman County School’s student handbook is explicit with regards to explaining its dress policy — another excerpt stresses that “Students whose dress, or lack of dress, is distracting or disruptive will not be permitted to remain in school” — others have called into question whether it was right to arrest the students on indecent exposure.

“Maybe we have them do some community service, pick up some trash, help at the dog kennels, things like that,” local woman Sharon Till told WREG. “I think putting them in jail is just a little bit much.”

“I think jail time might be a little too much, but at the same time there has been a lot of sagging pants,” parent Crystal Wing added to WMC.

Central Tennessee might very well be the first locale in the country where high-schoolers have earned jail stints for sagging pants, it’s hardly the first place where educators have taken the time to ban baggy legwear.

Gary, Indiana; Dadeville, Alabama; and Wildwood, New Jersey, school districts have all banned sagging pants, and a student at Hinds Community College in Mississippi made headlines earlier this year after his wardrobe led to an altercation with police that latter launched protests on campus.

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