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Cross Creek students give saggy pants the boot

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Hundreds of Cross Creek High School students gathered for a pep rally Thursday, but they weren't there to chant against an opposing football team.

Their nemesis? "Saggy" pants.

The slogan "Pull your pants up!" was posted in large letters on the school's gymnasium wall, and students shouted it several times shortly after hearing their band perform. The gathering even included a group of students modeling appropriate school and work attire.

"People are always going to criticize you, but they'll do it more if you have saggy pants," student Ashley Lewis told the crowd over a microphone.

The event was part of a weeklong "Pull Up Your Pants" campaign in conjunction with the school's Jobs for Georgia Graduates program, which runs throughout the year and was in the works before Richmond County school board members recently started addressing the saggy pants issue at extracurricular school events. School officials said the board's concerns help reinforce their message. The board is considering a policy to prevent those wearing saggy pants from entering after-school events such as football games.

Cross Creek officials started their campaign by passing out candy and fliers to students caught wearing sagging pants, telling them to pull them up.

Just two days into the week, Dr. Cynthia Lovett, a Georgia Graduate Career coordinator and adviser at Cross Creek, said she had seen positive results.

"It was really great to see that, that there were fewer students we had to say 'pull your pants up' to."

The week culminated with Thursday's pep rally, which included some elected officials and a Richmond County Sheriff's Office representative.

Chief Deputy Sid Hatfield told students that saggy pants originated with inmates who weren't allowed to have belts for fear they might use them to hang themselves, and they shouldn't model themselves after felons.

State Sen. Ed Tarver said the saggy pants look has become a negative stereotype. State Rep. Hardie Davis agreed, telling students, "If you want to be the next Barack Obama, you can't do it by sagging your pants."

Cross Creek senior Justina Tillman said she hopes to see less sagging pants in the future.

"We're trying to set a better example for the middle and elementary schools," she said.

That message stuck with Cross Creek senior Deandre Duhart, who quickly admonished a student he saw wearing saggy pants after the assembly. "You're sagging," he said to the student. "Come on."

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 828-3851 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.

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TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 11/06/09 - 03:02 am
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WTG!!!! That is what it will

WTG!!!! That is what it will take, peers pointing out how stupid they look!

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/06/09 - 05:57 am
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I agree TakeA, Let's hope

I agree TakeA, Let's hope this silly fad has met it's end.

Gabby
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Gabby 11/06/09 - 06:57 am
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it's a shame the students

it's a shame the students have to do the teacher's and principle's job. we have rules and laws but they are not enforced.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/06/09 - 07:16 am
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It's not about Teachers and

It's not about Teachers and Principles not doing their jobs. They have hard enough time trying to educate those, who do not wish to be educated. This is about Parents not doing their jobs. I put three through college and not a one had a problem with dressing properly. Th Parents are the ones that need to step forward, but I still commend these students.

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Just_Visiting 11/06/09 - 07:24 am
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that is awesome personal

that is awesome personal accountability! there is hope for the next generation!

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 11/06/09 - 08:14 am
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It does start at home. I have

It does start at home. I have seen many times, at kids homes, where adult males in a house wear saggy clothes. If you see someone sagging their pants tell them to pull them up. Kick them out of your businesses if they refuse. It will take all to get this to stop at every level!
http://nomoresagging.com/

willienelson
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willienelson 11/06/09 - 09:20 am
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Could we now address the

Could we now address the girls in their positively gross low riders and shirts small enough for infants.

sid2279
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sid2279 11/06/09 - 11:25 am
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I think saggy pants looks

I think saggy pants looks ridiculous but now they're denying these students entrance to school events which would prod them to just run around unsupervised.

Of course the solution is to at least pull up the pants during the events. It's simple enough I think. I can see both sides and I'm all about freedom of expression but I think this unfairly targets a specific demographic. Then again, it's a ridiculous fad. I guess the message should be that school should be a model and preparation for the real world and in the real world there are dress codes for your 9-5, so you'd better get used to it now.

corgimom
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corgimom 11/06/09 - 11:31 am
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"but I think this unfairly

"but I think this unfairly targets a specific demographic"- yeah, the losers. That's the demographic.

disssman
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disssman 11/06/09 - 11:38 am
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sid2279 exactly what

sid2279 exactly what "demographic"? Say what you mean son, without using innuendoes. If a specific group looks ridiculous, then say so. Oh well I'll say it for you. For the mamas of the black kids who want their sons to look cool emulating prisoners in jail, get a grip. For the black men who think they look cool looking like gangsters to impress the teen girls, get a grip. I am proud that some students are aware of what it takes to move ahead in life and that they are using the brains to do it. Keep it up kids if you want employers and others to respect you.

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tinytuna 11/06/09 - 01:44 pm
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Let's see....it takes a pep

Let's see....it takes a pep rally to get kids thinking about pulling up their pants. What about parents saying: "No, you are not going to buy that!" or "If I see you wear that pair of pants again, I will get rid of them." What has happened to parenting skills? Principals and teachers have been working on this situation for a long time. Parents run up to the school and complain. "You have hurt little Johnny's ego, taken away his freedom and hurt his self-esteem. I am going to the Board Office." Ask any teacher.

sid2279
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sid2279 11/06/09 - 02:23 pm
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So true, tiny.

So true, tiny.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 11/06/09 - 02:40 pm
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Teachers can only enforce

Teachers can only enforce this when the kid is near them. In my experience, as soon as they walk away they sag again. Don't hang any of this on teachers...it is impossible to mandate this...peer pressure is the only way to go.

speaktruth
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speaktruth 11/06/09 - 03:16 pm
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I think this was a positive

I think this was a positive step towards a positive change! Way to go those who led this action plan and to the students that want to see a change in their generation! Don't let others peoples negative views/comments discourage you!

dont live there anymore
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dont live there anymore 11/06/09 - 04:06 pm
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I agree parents should start

I agree parents should start them out right but they don't see them all day. It is a great idea for their peers to put on the pressure to pull them up. Those of us who have said this too shall pass are beginning to feel encouraged. Kids are great!

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mable8 11/06/09 - 07:43 pm
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Parents can, and DO, tell

Parents can, and DO, tell their children they cannot wear the 'baggy saggies,' but once out of the house, what does the child do? Lower the pants, change the shirt for an expose, and put on enough makeup a clown would be proud of. Then, its enter the school--looking like their 'very best' (or they think its their best). That is when positive peer pressure, such as seen by the CC assembly, goes to work and it is probably more effective than anything another adult could do. Parents and teachers NEED the positive peer pressure and should encourage it at all times. It is the peer pressure that creates change among the youngsters, not the tirades and mandates made by the adults.

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