State passes droopy pants law!

United States
March 23, 2008 7:50am CST
The Florida Senate wants public school students to pull up their pants. Lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that could mean suspensions for students with droopy britches. It won't become law unless the House of Representatives passes a companion measure. It's about time don't you think??? http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSN1333370820080314
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
23 Mar 08
I am so glad. They should pass a law like this all over the United States. That is one tacky and unkept look. If I had a teenage boy, I would not want him around me or anywhere else looking like that. That style is in very poor taste.
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• United States
24 Mar 08
I don't think kids understand words like "tacky", "unkept" and "poor taste" when it comes to clothes. It's a fad that's been around for a long time and I don't see it going away any time soon.
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
25 Mar 08
This is why they should pass a law against it.
• United States
23 Mar 08
Yes I do!! I told my grandson that when he comes to visit me he must pull his pants . I saw his a$$ enough when he was a baby I do not need to see it enlarged as an adult. I honestly cannot see anything flattering or cool about that dress fad.
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• United States
24 Mar 08
book1962...exactly! Not only do they not only not listen to their grandparents but the law itself. I don't think many of them will care if it's a law. It's a "small" one and as far as kids are concerned laws are made to be broken.
@wickedangel (1636)
• Dominican Republic
23 Mar 08
Dear me! Has it come to pass that we must now make it law about droopy pants, don't politicans have better things to do with their time?!?!? It is definitely looking like Big Brother is watching us.. I quite agree that the kids look absolutely horrible in them and I HATE to see their trousers around their butts - it really doesn't look cool.. But isn't their another way to go about this. Great idea for a discussion, thanks!
• United States
24 Mar 08
I know the schools around here have tried going the suspension route and the kids just love it so that obviously doesn't work. But even if it's a law it won't work....how many kids break bigger laws than something like this? I think the kids have won this battle.
@mrpippo (756)
• United States
23 Mar 08
i wish they would pass that law in New Jersey where i live
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@whiteheron (4223)
• United States
23 Mar 08
It might be going a little too far making a fashion illegal but I agree that it is better for the boys to have pants that fit better. I have watched as a teenager stood up and was embarrassed to have his pants fall down in front of his grandmother and myself because he had purchased his jeans huge as was the fashion and hadn't worn a belt... If that incidnet had happened at school, it would have caused quite a disruption. It could be argued too that wearing baggy pants could be a safety issue as there are many boys who have tripped over their own too large pants and have fallen down and injured themselves. The sloppy gangster look also does not add to the feeling of self respect and certainly does not improve the school discipline or morale. It is also true that when the teens were dressed that way, they were not getting as much respect from their elders as they would have been if they were dressed better and also they themselves did not have as good of a self image as they would if they were dressed more appropriately.
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 08
the sloppy gangster look is also prevelant in the gangs in Santa ana ca where there are drive by shootings each day and deadly ones no this is not a bit funny something should be done and I do not want to see what should be covered up.
• United States
24 Mar 08
The incident with the boy I mentioned happened in Fullerton quite a few years ago... This baggy pants thing seems like it is all over California, Orange County, Los Angeles County, etc. It seems like it is a big problem all over the place and the gangster rappers haven't made it have a good connotation for sure.
@shaunbt (13)
23 Mar 08
hi there I agree droopy brithes look terrible,however are there not more important issues which need looking at in schools before droopy britches.
• United States
25 Mar 08
Great. So all you have to do to get out of school is wear baggy pants?If Florida wants the kids out of school and on the streets, so be it.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
24 Mar 08
I think it is a great idea, I'll bet if one of the presidential candidates put this on their platform that they would get many more votes. We all know that up to this point, none of them as said anything of substance.
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
24 Mar 08
They need to pass it. I can't stand it when I see boys or men with thier pants hanging down. I guess it's the style but it is disgusting to me.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
24 Mar 08
I did a similar discussion several months ago, ctry, only the city was Atlanta, if I remember correctly. I received a lot of negative responses which caused me to say, "Hey, don't shoot the messenger!" I have long thought that something should be done about the sloppy way some of the young people dress. We had fads when I was young, but they were always in good taste. If these young people simply want to rebel I think they are going about it in the wrong way. The baggy pants style of dressing is ugly and sometimes even offensive.
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@Angel3yes (455)
• United States
23 Mar 08
I heard about this when it was first proposed. The reason that this whole thing began was because prisoners wore their pants like this. Florida actually tried making student chain their pants up with padlocks at one point so this has been an ongoing issue in this state. I don't believe this is a "fad" that is going to just fade away because this has been going on for years and I believe it is distracting in a learning environment. Even if kids are given a uniform, it won't solve the problem, they will still find a way to make their pants sag and it will look ridiculous. I think it should be rectified so that student can go to school and not have to look at others underwear. It's a double standard because a female would automatically be suspended if she went to school with her bra hanging out.
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@roberten (3131)
• United States
23 Mar 08
O yea, butts are out ( or should I say in--ha, ha!) I approve! I get soooo tired of seeing rear ends, hope it catches on everywhere.
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@MsEddie86 (236)
• United States
23 Mar 08
I think they need that law in North Carolina because it doesnt matter where i go i see someone with there pants hanging half way down. its not cute and its showing u have no self respect letting everyone see what should be personal. i hope they do pass the law
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@R5B525 (5)
• United States
25 Mar 08
I think this law is completely ridiculous. If women can wear low cut tops that show there braw/boobs then guys can wear their pants low enough to show their boxers. It's not like it has created a problem, no one is harmed by people wearing their pants low. The government has no right to impose a dress code on the nation. If they can, when does it stop? If I said I was offended by other females wearing skirts so small that I can see their panties, will the state ban those too???
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
28 Mar 08
The thing is the government already limites what can and cannot be worn out in public. A woman cannot go out in just a tank top and panties, it's considered indecent exposure. Around here they cannot wear thongs to the beach. Why should men or young boys be allowed to expose themselves in such a manner? Why should we have to see their underwear?
• India
17 May 08
i dont like people wearing droppy pants..... someones had to stop them
@DavidReedy (2411)
• United States
11 May 08
As much as I'm for freedom, particularly freedom of expression, I have to confess to agreeing with you--pulled up pants means we look a little less like slobs, think a little less with our ding-dongs, and minimize the chance that we're packing a glock... How 'bout that? 'Bout time, indeed.
• Canada
11 Apr 08
I think schools need to get tougher on the way kids dress. It's not right for kids to wear revealing clothing, and droopy pants definitely count to me as droopy clothing. Kids in schools need to dress more modestly.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
28 Mar 08
Personally I think it's about time. I live in Florida and it is a big problem here. I'm talking about young men and boys walking down the street with their pants almost down to their things and well past the fly of the underwear. There is no reason for this. As I stated above if a woman went out in a tank top and panties she'd be arrested for indecent exposure. Why is it then a boy can go out showing off his briefs and that is ignored? The government for years has dictated what is considered acceptable and what is considered indecent exposure. At one time if a woman showed her ankles she'd have been arrested. I'm not saying we need to go back to those extremes but the fact remains they have over the years determined what can and cannot be exposed in public. Underwear has been deemed to be just that "to be worn under clothing" and is not to be seen.
• United States
26 Mar 08
While I think that droopy pants (or sagging) is annoying and people should want to look better. I really think that our government should spend time on things bigger than this. Its an opinion, its a style that people don't like, but it doesn't hurt anyone. Just seems like time and money going to the wrong thing to me.
• United States
25 Mar 08
I think it is utterly silly to be seen the way some of these students have their pants down the way they do. It doesn't look good at all. When you are in school especially you should be properly dressed. That means have your britches pulled up the way they should be--even if it means suspenders. I think it is about time something was done.