I can’t believe its 2011 and kids are still letting their pants sag all around their ankles, but they are. In response, Northwestern High School in South Carolina has created a solution that they hope will be more effective than punishment — a library for belts.

From The Root:

“We see kids with their britches hanging down all the time,” assistant football coach and administrative assistant William Cureton told the Herald of Rock Hill. “We want to change the culture.”

The school, which used to hand out disciplinary write-ups for anyone who wore sagging pants, felt it was time to change the rule because no one was paying attention.

“We’re willing to try anything in order to give the kids an opportunity to do the right thing,” Blake said. Students who are cited for wearing sagging pants will be able to rent out a belt for a day.

Of course, proponents of free expression disagree with any attempts to stop “sagging” at all, with one of the school’s juniors pointing out that since most people wear belts with their droopy pants, “they’ll just have one extra belt.”

I can’t remember when people started sagging their pants like this — maybe it was in the early 2000’s or something — but there is no room for sagging pants and skinny jeans. I wasn’t quite as bothered when the style was just ridiculously huge pants and exposed drawers that could also be pants, but now we have to look at young men in what are practically leggings and boxer-briefs? I feel like an old fogey even objecting to it, but one thing that keeps me off of public transportation is knowing that if I am around teenagers I will definitely be subjected to all sorts of tenderoni buns popping out over skinny jean belt loops. Freedom of expression is great but the situation has become a bit obscene.

What do you think? Should schools keep young men from showing their drawers with loaner belts? Or are sagging pants nothing for schools to worry about?

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  • I am a high school teacher and one day just last week, a student came to my class with his pants up and duct taped to his shirt. He told me that his dad did that to him when he caught him sagging his pants. It’s a little drastic, but we need something drastic if we are to see this trend end. Sending kids home doesn’t work, contacting the parents doesn’t work, writing them up or giving detention doesn’t work.

  • fuchsia

    lol modern day dandies. Handing out belts won’t change a thing, but a strict dress code might help. It’s a style thing for the guys because not everyone does it, but just like there are limits to how short a mini skirt can be, there can also be limits to how low the pants can sag. The school needs to step it up and not be afraid to enforce the code. In the real world there are dress codes in places of employment. School is basically their job, and not everyone is gonna be a rapper at 14.

  • My cd single “Pull ‘Em Up! Please” pretty much sums up my opinion on the sagging epidemic. It really needs to stop.

    Ret. sp. Educator/Pro-percussionist,
    Coach Ike Alexander

  • Addendum: Please review my entire jingle(cd) on youtube at: “Ike Alexander Pull Em Up”; Also, you may review “Ike Alexander Review”,
    also on youtube. These sights further expound on my feelings about sagging.