Sagging pants debate heats up

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, August 29, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---There's more talk about banning baggy pants in Augusta. But who would enforce such a law?

Dr. Matthew Hutcherson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Paine College. He says yes to making sagging pants illegal in Augusta. "I'm appalled that a young man would want to walk around showing his underwear."

Identical twins DeAnthony and QuintAnthony Bateman say they don't like the look either, but say making a law against it is unnecessary. "It's foolish. We can be spending our time on more important things than sagging pants," DeAnthony said.

This comes as school administrators boast a no tolerance policy. They say not in their backyard. Student services director Elias Etinge says, "Sagging pants both for males and females...we don't accept that on campus."

Just to drive the message home, the school called in models. Their job was to show the dos and do-nots. Their attire included everything from suit and tie to sagging pants and revealing tops.

It's a big topic of debate...what's appropriate and what's not. City law enforcement says they are not looking to become fashion police.

Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength says, "Getting involved in what people are wearing would take away our efforts on what we should be doing."

Augusta commissioner Joe Bowles agrees. "I just don't want to put the city in trying to dictate morality when you are gonna end up in a lawsuit and spend taxpayers money on a lawsuit that you know you are gonna end up losing."

But Dr. Hutcherson says it's worth the fight. He says, "I think if these young men understand that there will be legal repercussions, since the other avenues have not helped them to realize the seriousness of this issue, then, I think, they will begin to get their attention."

He's got the twins' attention. "It's irrelevant...I see no purpose for it," DeAnthony said.

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  • by Meghan Location: Illinois on Oct 16, 2008 at 10:12 AM
    I disagree about banning baggy pants in Augusta. This is just a style like many other styles in the world. They bought the jeans or they are their property, they should be able to wear them the way they want.
  • by krystal Location: sc on Jul 24, 2008 at 03:27 PM
    i think the police should fine every child and adult wearing baggy pants if the parents of the child get a 500$ fine they will start buying their children some better fitting cloths that don't show their butt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Brittany Location: Detroit on Jul 9, 2008 at 02:20 PM
    I don't see the big problem with sagging. Citizens have the rights to free dress and should not be punished!!!
  • by Gabrielle Location: Fort worth on Mar 4, 2008 at 06:50 AM
    I think that there are too many issues in this world today to be focused on something so simple and stupid. There should be rules in school but what people want to wear in the public has nothing to do with the government. If skater boys can wear skin tight pants and gothic boys can wear wide legged pants with all kinds of chains and whatnot then sagging pants should be allowed. They dont make it a big deal if a woman has on see through pants or a shirt and her thong is showing so why talk about sagging pants. And common sense tells someone that when they go on an interview to pull up their pants. Im sure the way people dress in the public is not how they look at work. Being an african-american teen I think that this issue is taken to far. It challenges the rights and indivisuality of the youth.I simply say this is all bull and a waste of time and money. Use money to eduacate not discriminate. Talk about safe sex or going to college. Talk about opportunities.
  • by James Location: Petersburg on Feb 4, 2008 at 07:38 AM
    I don't see why it is such a problem... no I don't sag myself but I see it everyday and it doesn't bother me. If that's how someone wants to dress then let them dress that way. And for all those people that say you can't get a job with your pants hangin low...duh!!! It's casual clothing!!! Anyone dumb enough to dress casual for an interview is just dumb. And for those people who say that people who sag are criminals or gang related...then let them sag! That way if they do somehting illegal and have to run they won't get far... you know how hard it is to run and pull your pants up at the same'll make them easier to catch.
  • by Halfkid Location: Atlanta,Ga on Dec 13, 2007 at 09:09 AM
    it doesn't makes sense if they are talking about making it illegal to sag your pants if your in school. You have to look at the situation, because it's just not about us sagging our pants its just the deal problem they have to deal with and see our underwear thats our real case. Its not just about us sagging. In schools all they have to do is to tell us to simply tuck our shirts in then the definitly won't see it. But of course our pants gonna sag but our shirt is going to be in our pants so therefore we can't show our underwear then they won't have a problem with it. I really don't wanna wear my shirt in my pants but thats my only option that I can think of because I want to be able to express myself and be free outside of school. but with this law I only won't be able to do it in school I won't be able to feel free when I want to have time for myself or anything else.
  • by keisha Location: batonrouge on Sep 10, 2007 at 03:05 PM
    its not good 2 sag but if i want 2 see booty all i got 2 do iz ask my gurlfiend
  • by Joy_ Location: Columbia, Maryland on Sep 9, 2007 at 08:02 AM
    I think there should be a dress code for all student and that means pulling up your pants--How are you going to dress for an interview? Pants falling off--you will never get the job.
  • by Crystal Location: Richmond on Aug 31, 2007 at 01:31 PM
    I think there are more important issues going on in Augusta then people worrying about men/boys wearing their pants baggy. This is another way to target our african american men/boys. This is a fashion statement which shows personality. Maybe in school something should be said, but in the public let them be. It is a shame that everytime our kids come up with something that was not done in the old days, we want to lock them up or fine them. The people of Augusta needs to make a law about kids not getting tested for aids or teens having babies before worrying about baggy pants. If teens are fine for baggy jeans, it will target the parents. Our community is hurting from the government turning their heads when it comes to us not being able to pay our bills on time or helping the poor with medical insurance. This is the real issues not baggy jeans. The time/money the government is spending to make this law, they need to help the people in Augusta whom do not have medical benefits.
  • by melly Location: burke county on Aug 30, 2007 at 06:03 PM
    if i wanted to see butt....i would watch myself use the restroom.
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