Two high school seniors in Tennessee are going to spend 48 hours in jail, just for violating the school dress code.
Bolivar Central High School has a rule against sagging pants, with a dress code that states “low slung, baggy seat, baggy-legged or bell bottom pants are not permitted.” The seniors in question had apparently been warned about their dress multiple times until, finally, they were charged with indecent exposure for an incident in November. [SOURCE: The Grio]
I find it hard to believe in a year where politicians and law makers have made strides in decriminalizing minor law infractions there is a state in the U.S. that allows kids to be sent to jail for wearing their pants hanging off their ass.
Then again this is not the first locale to throw folks wearing baggy loose jeans in jail. Go HERE to read more of this craziness.
I have never been an advocate of the jeans off the ass style. To me, it’s reprehensible and supports a guilty by association to a thug and criminal stereotype. However, criminalizing a bad fashion statement is ludicrous.
First off it’s going to impact youths more than any other segment of the population. It’s simply going to funnel more youths into the criminal justice system and if you don’t know, once tagged a criminal it’s hard to navigate this society. Colleges will shun these kids, employers will slam doors in their face, and we (society) won’t embrace them too warmly either. All of this because they made a bad fashion decision? This is stupid.
Secondly it’s a violation of a citizen’s First Amendment right to free speech and expression to lock them up for how they choose to wear their clothes.
Now pay attention to who they’re locking up behind this dumb law. Just sayin’- pay attention. I bet you don’t see any plumbers going to jail.
I don’t know what can be done to get this foolishness stopped in Tennessee, but I will tell you all if you live in a jurisdiction where lawmakers are even hinting at something like this – you need to haul ass to polls at the next election and vote their asses out of office. Those of you that like to “rise up” here is one thing you can rise up and stay up against.
And pay attention to newly introduced local and state bills and initiatives. A lot of times they sneak crazy ass measures like criminalizing fashion by us by burying them in proposals that garner more media attention.