As all things in the U.S. economy appear to be sagging right now, irony strikes the Florida school district dress code, as lawmakers enforce the illegality of wearing baggy pants to school.
Democratic Senator Gary Siplin of Orlando has led the way to establishing a stricter dress code which prohibits the wearing of clothing in school that can be considered suggestive and indecent, as is commonly thought of with "saggy" or baggy pants. Perhaps those who are offended that anyone would wear their clothes in such a fashion are somewhat jealous that they can't wear clothes the same way, professionally or physically.
Although Senator Siplin has sought jail time and monetary penalties for offenders who choose to continue exposing their underwear, those who break the new law will have several chances to right their wrongs. Forget about Lady Gaga ever playing a homecoming dance in Florida, though.
First-time offenders will receive a verbal warning and a phone call home. Second-time offenders get to chit-chat with their school principal. They may also be excluded from extracurricular activities for up to five days. And for those students who are so stubborn as to accumulate three violations of the baggy pants law, up to three days of suspension is the charm, along with the possible exclusion from extracurricular activities for an entire month. The penalties may not appear to be very severe to some, but to many, it may seem as though the fashion trend is a symbol of gang affiliation or maybe a reflection on parents of how little control they really have over their kids.
Lake County, FL, district administrative coordinator of safe schools John R. Schmidt hopes to "change behavior," not to merely punish students for their wrongdoings. If this fails, there's always electro-shock therapy.