Tennessee Teens Arrested And Jailed For Wearing Saggy Pants

"I think putting them in jail is just a little bit much."

Four Tennessee high school students have been charged with indecent exposure in recent weeks, and two of them jailed for it -- all because they wore sagging pants.

Two seniors at Bolivar Central High School, about 70 miles east of Memphis, spent 48 hours in jail because of their low-riding clothing.

"I just took it and went on," one of the students, Antonio Ammons, told local NBC station WMC. "I didn't know what else to do."

He told the station he had never been in jail before, and was placed with the other inmates.

"I really didn't like it," Ammons told WREG, the CBS station in Memphis. He said he also has to figure out how to pay more than $250 in fines and court fees.

Saggy pants violate the school dress code, and the school's resource officer, Deputy Charles Woods, said he had already reprimanded the students several times, according WREG.

Records posted online by the Hardeman County Sheriff's Department show four arrests for indecent exposure between Nov. 1 and Nov. 15, with three of the arrests made by Woods.

The arresting officer of the fourth is not listed.

Woods said in an affidavit that Ammons had been suspended previously for allegedly "showing gang related/hate violence or intimidation," and that he "walks around all day every day disrespecting the rules of the school, the principal, the teachers, other students and even the SRO,” according to the Daily Beast.

However, not everyone agreed with the decision to jail the students for their clothing choice.

"I think jail time might be a little too much, but at the same time there has been a lot of sagging pants," parent Crystal Wing told WMC.

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

Saggy pants have become a point of contention in some communities, and have been banned in several places including Opa-Locka, Florida, and Wildwood, New Jersey. Earlier this year, a city council member in Dadeville, Alabama, proposed banning sagging pants because "God would not go around with pants down.”

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