Sagging, or the wearing of pants far below the natural waistline, is still legal in Bristol. Although Tennessee Governor Haslam signed a bill yesterday that made sagging illegal in all Tennessee schools, Tri-Cities residents are still free to roam around with their pants falling down, hitching them up as they go.
It is a little unusual to click on the news website, TNREPORT, maintained by Tennessee Governor Haslam’s office and read the following article posted, “Haslam signs saggy pants bill.” After checking the date to determine that it was not posted on April Fool’s Day, readers will discover that the Governor has signed a bill that was passed by the Tennessee House and Senate that prohibits indecent exposure through saggy pants in Tennessee schools.
Here is how TNREPORTdescribed the new bill:
The legislation prohibits students from exposing “underwear or body parts in an indecent manner that disrupts the learning environment.”
Wasn’t this already in the schools’ dress codes across the state? Bristol, Tennessee, schools have the following in their official dress code:
Students should not wear shorts or pants in a “sagging” manner (worn below normal waistline or hips, presenting the possibility of showing the student’s undergarments.)
Three years ago, Tennessee attempted to pass a law that made sagging illegal across Tennessee, punishable by fines and public service time, but it did not pass. Virginia had its own version of droopy drawers legislation that didn’t make it through the process in 2005. Snopes,the online myth-busting website, explains that the sagging fad did not start with prisoners attempting to advertise their sexual availability as is often touted by opponents. You can read more about the history of the trend here on their site.