With all the laws that didn’t make it on the books in Florida during the last legislative session, one that has to do with clothing, especially clothing that is not supposed to be seen, is being enforced. The “Pull Up Your Pants” bill requires Florida school districts to discipline students whose underwear shows. They are known as “Saggy Pants Laws” and they are being enacted all over the country. Illinois law enforcement will write a ticket for high school students with their boxers showing. And the ticket is a steep one – $750.00. Virginia is considering such a ban and the public bus system in Fort Worth, Texas turns away passengers with saggy pants. Winston-Salem and South Carolina are turning to education to stop the so-called stylish practice.
In Florida as school started last week, State Senator Gary Siplin visited a number of Orlando high school and handed out belts to students who might need a little more support. He is the lawmaker behind the ban which carries only a punishment similar to a dress code violation. That can include up to three days of an in-school suspension.
Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association for the Advancement for Colored People believe that minorities are being targeted. But school districts are given a great deal of leeway in enforcing a school dress code so expect to see those droopy drawers pulled up.