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Student with sagging pants The new “Pull Up Your Pants” law in Florida requires students to keep their pants pulled up to their waists. (Tomas Rodriguez / Corbis)

Belts: The New School Fashion?

Students with baggy pants in Florida get belts to pull up their pants for a new law

By Laura Leigh Davidson | null null , null
<p>Florida State Senator Gary Siplin has welcomed students back to school by giving out free belts to help students comply with the new law. <br />(AP Images / Robert Mecea)</p>

Florida State Senator Gary Siplin has welcomed students back to school by giving out free belts to help students comply with the new law.
(AP Images / Robert Mecea)

Many students in Florida schools have one more item to add to their back-to-school checklists this year: a belt.

Before students set foot on school grounds, they now have to make sure their pants are pulled up above their underwear. The rule is part of Florida’s new “Pull Your Pants Up” law, which applies to all schools in the Sunshine State.

The law says students are prohibited from “wearing clothing that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner.” It also lists specific consequences for those who violate the dress code.

The first time a student is caught with pants sagging to an unacceptable level, he or she will receive a verbal warning. The offender’s parents will get a call from the principal. After a second offense, the student will not be allowed to take part in extracurricular activities for as many as five days. The third saggy-pants offense will bring as many as three days of in-school suspension and a 30-day expulsion from extracurricular activities.

STOPPING SAGGING

Florida State Senator Gary Siplin worked for six years to get the Florida Legislature to pass the “Pull Your Pants Up” law.

Siplin personally welcomed students back to schools in Orlando last week. He handed out free leather belts to encourage kids to keep their pants pulled up and follow the law.

"We want our kids to believe they're going to college,” Siplin told the Reuters news organization. “[P]art of that is an attitude, and part of that is being dressed professionally."

Even before the law was passed, most school dress codes required students to keep their body parts appropriately covered while on school grounds. Current fashion trends are also pressuring kids to keep their pants up. Antoinette Sims, a 17-year-old high school senior in Orlando, says she and many of her girlfriends find saggy pants unattractive. "You can see your boxers sticking out,” Antoinette said. “It's not cute."

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