New Law Bans Saggy Pants in Schools

October 20, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. comply (v.) [kuhm-plahy] – to obey rules, demands, or requests
Example: He complied when he was asked to leave.

2. lobby (v.) [lob-ee] – to urge the approval of a bill or a law
Example: Majority of the senators lobbied for a revised health care law.
3. enact (v.) [en-akt] – to make a bill or other legislation officially become part of the law
Example: The congress has enacted a new tax law.

4. subject (v.) [n., adj. suhb-jikt; v. suhb-jekt] – to bring under a rule, control or authority
Example: The best soldiers were subjected to discipline.

5. attire (n.) [uh-tahyuhr] – clothes for a special purpose
Example: The guests looked very dashing in their formal attire.

Read the text below.

A lawmaker from Florida handed out leather belts to students returning to school last August to help them comply with a new law against wearing saggy pants in campus.

For six years, Democratic State Senator Gary Siplin of Orlando lobbied for the so-called Pull Your Pants Up law before it was finally enacted last spring. Aside from saggy pants, the law also bans shirts exposing girls’ stomachs. The law subjects violators to up to three days of suspension from school and up to 30 days suspension from extracurricular activities.

This fashion trend involves wearing pants so low that the underwear is exposed. It is strongly influenced by prison attire and rap and hip-hop music.

Because of this style’s association to some minority groups in the US, Senator Siplin had to battle out objections from the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. These organizations contend that the law violates personal freedom and targets minority students from other races.

In defense, Senator Siplin explained that dressing professionally influences children to set higher goals, such as attending college. He added that walking down the street showing one's behind is uncivilized and turns off potential employers

Students had mixed reactions to the law. Some also saw wearing saggy pants as unattractive and a negative influence to younger children. Others argued that the government should stay out of students’ fashion choices since they come to school to study, not to dress up.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

·         Do you think the type of clothes that a person wears reveal his/her character? Explain your answer.
·         What do you think about the way young people today dress up?

Discussion B

·         What makes an attire inappropriate?
·         What types of clothes do you NOT see yourself wearing? Are there any types of clothes that you wish to wear but you could not?

October 20, 2011