One Fashion Choice Sent These Teens to Jail

December 15th 2015

Taylor Bell

Two Tennessee high school students were forced to spend the weekend in jail after being caught wearing saggy pants, WMC Action News 5 reports.

Antonio Ammons and one other student at Bolivar Central High School—70 miles outside of Memphis—were slapped with a $250 fine and a 48-hour stay behind bars for indecent exposure.

Antonio Ammons

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According to WREG, the school resource officer, Hardeman County Deputy Officer Charles Wood, had previously warned the students about violating the school's dress code, which states "low slung, baggy seat, baggy legged or bell bottom pants are not permitted."

According to court documents Deputy Woods reportedly said that Ammons "walks around all day everyday disrespecting the rules of the school, the principal, the teachers, other teachers and even the SRO," and that Ammons had an "attitude when asked to pull up his pants from sagging," the Daily Beast reports.

"I just took it and went on," Ammons told WMC. "I didn't know what else to do."

Ammons' arrest comes in light of two other students who were also charged with indecent exposure for wearing saggy pants but never faced jail time, the Huffington Post reports. A report from the Hardeman County Sheriff's Department shows that three of the four arrested for indecent exposure in November were made by Wood.

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According to WMC, people of the community and students agree that some form of punishment is necessary, but that jail time—and the criminalizing of students—is a bit excessive.

"I think it's just a little harsh," BCHS student Cheyenne Lindsey told WREG. "They didn't need to go to that extreme."

"Maybe we have them do some community service, pick up some trash, help at the dog kennels, things like that," resident Sharon Till told WREG. "I think putting them in jail is just a little much."

According to the Huffington Post, saggy pants have been banned in several communities including Opa-Locka, Florida and Wildwood, New Jersey. And in the state of Alabama the Dadeville City Council was considering a measure that would ban saggy pants after Councilor Frank Goodman introduced the idea in a council meeting in August, RT reports.

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The criminalizing of high school students—including actual jail time—for infractions like dress coded has been reported before in other states like Mississippi, where the U.S. Department of Justice investigated officials in Lauderdale County for creating a "school-to-prison pipeline."

For more, check out the WMC-TV story here: