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Board approves 'saggy pants' ban

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Richmond County school board members tightened the belt Tuesday night on those who have been wearing "saggy pants" to football games and other after-school events.

By a 9-1 vote, the board gave final approval to a policy banning spectators from attending such events if their pants sag so low their underwear is exposed. The dissenting vote was cast by Venus Cain, who had offered a substitute motion.

Under her motion, the policy would not mention "baggy pants" but only state that no underwear could be visible or provocative clothing could be worn.

Ultimately, the board approved a policy that says all pants, including jeans, must be fitted at the waist and not be baggy or oversized or exposing underwear.

The policy will be enforced by school officials, administrators, teachers and other school employees on duty.

The idea was presented by board Vice President Alex Howard, who said he had seen students with sagging pants that exposed underwear at football games.

Board member Frank Dolan said he felt the new policy would send a message.

"They are in our house," he said. "We don't need to let our standards be pulled down by the local trends. Where does it stop?"

The board also unanimously approved a policy focused on bookbags and security searches at after-school events. The policy forbids bookbags at school-sponsored sporting events unless allowed by the principal or a designee. An exception will be made for students who must attend events immediately after school.

The measure says purses, handbags and pouches would be allowed but could be subject to a hand-held metal detector scan or inspection.

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

IN OTHER ACTION

- The board heard that a policy is still being drafted concerning a ban on minifridges and other personal appliances in schools and board offices. The system has targeted the appliances in an effort to save on energy costs. The policy might offer a provision allowing workers to pay a fee to keep their appliance, members were told.

- Patsy Scott, the wife of District 5 school trustee Joe Scott, who died in July, was sworn in to take over her husband's seat and attended her first official meeting.

- Beverly Franqui, a Blythe Elementary teacher, was presented a $500 check and matching donation to the school system as part of a sweepstakes through Horace Mann Insurance Co.

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baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 11/18/09 - 01:22 pm
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What are the schools going to

What are the schools going to do when they need a plumber?

butler123
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butler123 11/18/09 - 01:26 pm
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So what is the standard

So what is the standard anyway? I saw a boy get off the bus in Hephzibah yesterday with baggie pants. His underwear weren't showing because his shirt was so long, but it still made him look like a thug. His crouch was nearly to his knees.

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YellowHammer 11/18/09 - 02:24 pm
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I've enjoyed the thugs

I've enjoyed the thugs wearing their idiotic pants. It makes it much easier to run them down when they are trying to hold them up and tripping. Almost as good as shackles. There are many of em who may have escaped justice had they not been wearing them.

get_real
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get_real 11/18/09 - 03:00 pm
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Somebody needs to do

Somebody needs to do something about the baggy pants issue and I am personally glad they came up with this new policy! I do not understand the point of wearing them so low that your undergarments are showing. But I do wish you people would get one thing in your heads, EVERYBODY COMING UP THROUGH THE RICHMOND COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM IS NOT A HOODLUM OR THUG! I happened to have married one is he is one fabulous, loving caring husband and father!

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 11/18/09 - 07:17 pm
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hey get, you are right factor

hey get, you are right factor out johnson/davidson then i would say there are about 15-20 out of the remaining high schools not a thug or thug wannabe..so yeah your right..BTW how many other high schools made ayp or the graduation rates of schools other than johnson/davidson???

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 11/18/09 - 11:42 pm
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Talk about looking foolish!

Talk about looking foolish! The saggy pants look ridiculous and those big pants the guys wear make them look like they are the shortest people on earth! They look like they are walking on their knees or like they have their big brother's clothes on. Not to mention all the time and energy they waste by grabbing a the pants every minute so they do not trip! I bet half of the guys haven't washed that backside in a week. Nobody wants to see that. Cover it up. Pee U! It's about time some new rules were made and enforced!

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 11/18/09 - 11:48 pm
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get real....you married a

get real....you married a hoodlum or a thug? No one said that everyone who attended (came up through?) the richmond county school system was a hoodlum or a thug.

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