In "finally, someone is tackling the number one issue our kids are facing every. day." news, the state of Florida is considering passing a law that would require male and female students to keep their "pants up and underwear covered". Thankfully this isn't happening during the baggy pants phenom that was JNCO:
State Senator Gary Siplin has been working on a bill aimed at a school's dress code policy for six years and he's close to making it law.
SB 228 and House version, HB 61, makes it against the law when teens wear their pants so low you can see their underwear. The proposed rule under the school code of conduct applies to boys and girls. The Senate version passed without any dissenting votes.
Should this law be broken, punishment ranges anywhere from "a verbal warning to a three day in-school suspension and a 30 day suspension from extracurricular activities like football or theatre".
However, some students say it is not always possible to keep their pants up. Allow them to explain:
Just ask ninth grader Maurice Hall. Administrators stopped him for wearing his pants so low his underwear was visible. "This morning I broke my belt, that's why my pants are sagging. But usually I'm wearing a belt, so they never sag," says Maurice.
School administrators have a simple solution: they zip tie the pants or shorts. They use a plastic tie, slip it through a couple of belt loops on the pants or shorts and cinch it at the waist. The tie has to be cut off.
A message posted on campus reads: "Heads up, Pants up, Grades up."
A similar law was proposed in the UK last year, but a judge deemed it a human rights violation.
Florida's Close To Passing An Anti-Saggy Pants Law [Coco Perez]
New: Florida Legislature Working on Baggy Pants Law [First Coast News]