Full enforcement planned on 'saggy pants' ban

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Since a new policy banning "saggy pants" at extracurricular Richmond County school events went into effect more than a month ago, officials say they've issued only warnings.

In about another month, though, safety officers say, they will begin full enforcement of the policy, including removing people who won't comply.

"Right now we're into the information and warning phase," said school safety Lt. Richard Roundtree. "I would say probably toward the end of January of next year that would be enough time."

Lt. Roundtree said a football game is the largest sporting event affected by the policy, but that season is over. Still, he said, some high school basketball games will continue into February.

School board members approved the new policy by a 9-1 vote on Nov. 17. It bans spectators from after-school events if their pants sag so low their underwear is exposed. Signs are to be posted soon informing spectators of the policy.

It also requires that pants, including jeans, be fitted at the waist and not be baggy or oversized or exposing underwear. 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.

The policy is to be enforced by school officials, administrators, teachers and other school employees on duty at the events.

Lt. Roundtree said there haven't been any major violations so far. He said his office isn't just focusing on saggy pants, though.

He said the policy also bans provocative clothing, such as female "tops that expose too much."

"We're trying to be across the board," he said.

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

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APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 12/29/09 - 02:02 am
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Excellent job !

Excellent job !

211lover
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211lover 12/29/09 - 03:30 am
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LOL YEAH.. bout time , no one
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LOL YEAH.. bout time , no one wants to see the skid marks on your underwear! This is the same guy that has that loud tailpipe also.. when is that going to be dealt with, the guy that delivers the chronicle in my neighborhood has a very loud tailpipe, at 5 am it is not a nice sound, anytime really it is not nice. I don't get it.

OutInSpace
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OutInSpace 12/29/09 - 03:34 am
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The AC circulation dept has

The AC circulation dept has an email address and a phone number. Try that.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/29/09 - 05:36 am
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Just one of the symptoms that

Just one of the symptoms that need addressing. Glad to see it.

Ole School
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Ole School 12/29/09 - 06:58 am
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Kids would not do it if they

Kids would not do it if they knew where it came from and what it means !

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 12/29/09 - 07:39 am
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Yes, Ole School, they would.

Yes, Ole School, they would. And that's why they do. In some cultures, prison is a badge of honor. It is glorified. It is a shame, though, that the people that walk around with body parts exposed really have no shame or self-worth to understand that they look. I laugh every time I see it. And they wonder why they can't find decent work. It's a mindset, and until the mindset is changed, the pants will continue to sag.

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september 5th 12/29/09 - 08:11 am
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ok lt roundtree the next law

ok lt roundtree the next law should be geared towards females with all there hooters exposed...or will this not be an issue because it is interesting to look at!

One who cares
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One who cares 12/29/09 - 08:27 am
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Ya know Lt. Roundtree has

Ya know Lt. Roundtree has already said that female tops that were skimpy would be addressed, but who really can say anything, NO ONE LISTENS, THEY LAUGH AT YOU. School is no place to try and make a FASHION STATEMENT. I have seen Principals, Asst. Prin., and also RCSS Safety Officers look right over these particular bans, because they don't want to deal with the paper work or have a confrontation with the students. It is pitiful when you see so much of ones behind and chests and not one Administrator does anything--Everyone needs to do a better job of observing and acting on the offense. Write them up send them home, have parents return with them and make it inconvenient for them. Also what about CELL Phones--No mention of these lately--just as bad as ever. ENFORCE THESE RULES-make them know we are getting back to the BASICS of SCHOOL. THIS IS WHAT WE NEED. DO SOMETHING MAYBE IT WILL HELP OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL HOURS ALSO.

LEO
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LEO 12/29/09 - 08:46 am
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The AC needs a new photo of

The AC needs a new photo of Roundtree. Unless he still wears his RCSO badge to work at RCBE.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 12/29/09 - 09:10 am
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hey one, i agree about

hey one, i agree about sending them home, but the self-centered, moronic and ineffective school board will do nothing of the sort...their main goal is to continue to receive state/federal education funding...if they were to enforce the ban properly they would probably lose approx 50-60% of their students which would mean a loss of tens of millions of dollars...so the best thing to do is to "overlook it" just so they can keep "butts in the seats" no pun intended, and state/federal money flowing in

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seenitB4 12/29/09 - 09:29 am
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Just in time,,, my good ole

Just in time,,, my good ole boy husband has threatened to pull down some saggy pants he sees...worried me because the older he gets,, he does this outlandish stuff..

Irish
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Irish 12/29/09 - 09:32 am
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Posting signs will do no good

Posting signs will do no good as most of the students can't read

miles_kilpatrick
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miles_kilpatrick 12/29/09 - 10:18 am
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if they didn't make it such a

if they didn't make it such a big deal then it wouldn't be. can't they focus on ways to better the eduication. this has been an issue since my high school days 15 yrs pervious! Jesus! when will they stop moaning about the mundane and address some real issues??

jaschild
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jaschild 12/29/09 - 10:35 am
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truly a mundane issue, miles.

truly a mundane issue, miles. education is run by politicians who just don't understand the problems associated with the model we are currently running. as long as the most important decisions being made are related to what students are wearing or how to handle unruly students without removing them from the classroom, RCBOE schools are doomed.

Yosemitesam
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Yosemitesam 12/29/09 - 11:57 am
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All schools should enforce a

All schools should enforce a dress code. These gangsta wannabees wouldn't dress that way at church. I don't think enforcement is going to amount to much. The gangsta, thug look has been beautified by hooligans in the rap/hip hop music industry. And now it's the "in" thing for our youth who put these purveyors of filth on pedestals. Another few years and the entire youth populace will look like the denizens of a penitentiary yard.
And where are the parents? Heck, who knows. Most don't know who the baby daddy is and most likely being raised by an "Ant" or Grandmother.

TheDeerhunter
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TheDeerhunter 12/29/09 - 12:40 pm
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Roundtree is a thug

Roundtree is a thug

Seashells
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Seashells 12/29/09 - 01:09 pm
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When my daughter was at

When my daughter was at Butler, they were allowed to wear skorts( skirt in front,shorts in back). Hers was not short,short style. I was called at work to come get her. I noticed other outfits on other girls that were more like something a stripper would wear to work. I never understood what was wrong with my daughters skort when it was agreed upon they could wear them.

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FallingLeaves 12/29/09 - 01:09 pm
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If you don't have proof, you

If you don't have proof, you shouldn't be saying that.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 12/29/09 - 01:10 pm
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I was talking about

I was talking about TheDeerHunter's comment.

bdittle
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bdittle 12/29/09 - 01:34 pm
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What a freak'n redneck town

What a freak'n redneck town we live in.

godbeeaug
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godbeeaug 12/29/09 - 01:51 pm
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I think they should have kept

I think they should have kept the uniform system,and to 211lover What doess tail pipes have to do with sagging pants?

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change display name 12/29/09 - 01:53 pm
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Thug is in the eye of the

Thug is in the eye of the beholder. Roundtree sure does dress sharp, though. Maybe the kids should dress like him.

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whyme 12/29/09 - 03:04 pm
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Too bad all levels of

Too bad all levels of tackiness should be banned and not just in the schools. Saw the baggy pants on a McDonald's employee-he was holding them up with one hand and carrying trash with the other. I also don't particularly want to see some girl or woman's bra straps hanging out of her shirt or wearing the low-cut tops/tanks/etc. without something under them. And no way to the thong hanging out when the person sits down! It's about modesty and respect of self and others-long gone!

Antknee
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Antknee 12/29/09 - 03:55 pm
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Wearing Baggy pants is not

Wearing Baggy pants is not caring about how you present yourself in public. I am glad that there will be full-enforcement of getting rid of baggy-pants wearers.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 12/29/09 - 04:23 pm
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AMEN! I say pull up yo pants

AMEN! I say pull up yo pants fool! Ain't nobody wanna see yo nasty drawers!

RammaJamma
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RammaJamma 12/29/09 - 04:38 pm
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The parents shouldnt buy

The parents shouldnt buy their kids clothes that dont fit them or even let them leave the house looking like crap. It all starts in the home.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/29/09 - 04:56 pm
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Finally, it's about time!

Finally, it's about time!

johnsdad
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johnsdad 12/29/09 - 09:29 pm
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Is this not the same

Is this not the same "roundtree" who was fired from rcso?

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 12/30/09 - 12:59 am
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Have y'all actually watched

Have y'all actually watched any young men try to walk while wearing those crazy low pants? It must take a lot of energy to constantly pull them up or have to walk a windup toy with their legs apart trying to keep the pants from falling. When I was in a local convenience store, a kid customer had to practically bend down to the floor to reach some change in his pockets. I had to laugh out loud! And, the fashion makes them look so short. They look like they're 3 feet tall! On day they'll say, "what was I thinking?" In the meantime, I get a chuckle from the show.

raskalero
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raskalero 12/30/09 - 11:04 am
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Must be tough if you're a

Must be tough if you're a thief on the run, having to hold on to
your merchandise and your breeches at the same time.

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