Yesha Callahan

Tennessee Teens Arrested And Jailed For Wearing Saggy Pants

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 1.20.12 PMTwo Tennessee high school students were thrown in jail for wearing sagging pants, which violates the school’s dress code.

According to the Huffington Post, the teens who attend Bolivar Central High School, which is about 70 miles east of Memphis, spent 48 hours in jail, after they were charged with indecent exposure in early November.

One of the students, Antonio Ammons, said he had never been arrested before and was placed in a cell with other inmates and he now faces $250 in fines and court fees.

According to Deputy Charles Woods, the Bolivar Central High School resource officer,  the students were reprimanded several times before the arrest.

Woods said that Ammons was suspended previously for “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”.

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.

One parent told the news station that jail might have been too much.

“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.”

  1. December 14, 2015 - Reply

    Indecent exposure yet nothing is actually exposed. No flesh is showing, no genitals are showing. What’s exposed besides fabric? Now will they be arresting those little white girls who walk around with butt cheeks hanging out? Of course not. If I were younger I’d protest by wearing boxers instead of pants until they got rid of the ridiculousness.

    • December 14, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      Excellent Points.

    • December 14, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      I bet you won’t want to live next door to him and I bet you won’t want your children associating with him. Peace.

      • December 14, 2015 - Reply

        @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

        That judgment wouldn’t have anything to do with his clothes. My only concern would be his gang affiliation, which isn’t dictated by whether his boxers show.

        • December 14, 2015 - Reply

          @Me

          his dress is a clear indication of his “F” you mindset and his disrespectful and don’t give a dammmm attitude, whether we except it or not he is just as dangerous and destructive to the black community as the worst white racist, whether we except it or not if we are going to move forward in this world we will have to take our head out of the sand, get out of denial and deal with this like strong wise adult black women and black men should AND STOP TRYING TO DEFLECT BLAME OTHERS.

          • December 14, 2015 - Reply

            @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

            “his dress is a clear indication of his “F” you mindset and his disrespectful and don’t give a dammmm attitude”

            None of that is a crime.

            • December 14, 2015 - Reply

              @Me

              Also, white serial killers readily don’t sag their pants either. Criminals exist in a multiplicity of backgrounds.

              • December 14, 2015 - Reply

                @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                Great point!

                • December 14, 2015 - Reply

                  @Me

                  Thank you Sister.

                  I believe in following just laws, but not unjust laws.

            • December 14, 2015 - Reply

              @Me

              trueletterson…feigns for white acceptance at all cost.–So don’t

              be surprised by this.

            • December 14, 2015 - Reply

              @Me

              but it’s offensive and clear indication that you won’t have to look very far to find a crime.

              • December 14, 2015 - Reply

                @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

                “clear indication that you won’t have to look very far to find a crime.”

                Based on what?

                Young people aren’t in charge of other people’s feelings. No one cares if a bunch of strangers are offended by clothes. And offending someone’s feelings is not a crime.

                • December 14, 2015 - Reply

                  @Me

                  ok!

          • December 14, 2015 - Reply

            @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

            No one here seems to be fan of this attire where we disagree with you is “jail is where the boys belong”
            We are so beaten over the head with respectability politics that we are actually cheering on a system that believes whatever the infraction of black youth the worst possible punishment is applicable be it jail or death

            • December 14, 2015 - Reply

              @blogdiz

              Summed it up perfectly

            • December 14, 2015 - Reply

              @blogdiz

              This person feigns for white acceptance at all cost.–So don’t
              be surprised by this.

            • December 14, 2015 - Reply

              @blogdiz

              Teach.

            • December 14, 2015 - Reply

              @blogdiz

              blogdiz I always appreciate your commentary but I will tell you like my late aunt who died at the ripe old age of 98 years old told me one time she said “son if you don’t whip your children the white man will whip your children and it won’t be nothing you can do about it” and I cringe didn’t want to hear what she had to say but what she was saying is “if we don’t do our job raising, guiding and discipline our offspring when needed then the system will have to chastise and discipline them and once they get caught in that system ain’t nothing we can do about it and the more they rebel the harder the chastisement will get” so it makes good common sense to me to make the necessary sacrifices to be a good responsible parent and raise, guide and discipline my children so they will know which way to walk and not get caught up into criminal justice system, now that’s the way I see it. Peace blogdiz.

              • December 14, 2015 - Reply

                @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

                Peace to you too

          • December 14, 2015 - Reply

            @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

            “AND STOP TRYING TO DEFLECT BLAME OTHERS.”–Lol! CAN YOU SHOW WHERE ANYONE HERE DID THIS!?!

            • December 14, 2015 - Reply

              @Guest

              they have that’s all they do is deflect and blame others and think that they are progressive and somehow enlighten.

              • December 14, 2015 - Reply

                @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

                Proof please?

          • December 14, 2015 - Reply

            @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

            What is wrong with you?

            • December 16, 2015 - Reply

              @Sparger

              Troll. They always want to engage in respectability politics when it comes to how we act/react while they are bombing, working up on WWIII and poisoning the air, land, water & food. Real ‘respectable’.

          • December 15, 2015 - Reply

            @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

            Ah, nope, Trueletterson. A White racists has a whole system and infrastructure that backs him up. That same White racist can get away with a lot more than that Black boy you find so offensive. Don’t get me wrong. I despise what gang members and other miscreants do to our community, and I understand your frustration to a point, but unless he committed a crime that can be pointed to, I’m not going in so hard on him.

          • December 15, 2015 - Reply

            @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

            Agree

          • December 18, 2015 - Reply

            @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

            Wait. Having his boxers exposed renders him a dangerous person who needs to be imprisoned?

      • December 14, 2015 - Reply

        @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

        It’s not that serious.I don’t like extra saggy pants but as long as I can’t see your crack or the outline of your manhood then it doesn’t affect/effect me.Throwing someone in jail for that is crazy.I believe it was older black men who were ok with this also.

        • December 15, 2015 - Reply

          @Mrs.J

          … doesn’t affect me.

          • December 15, 2015 - Reply

            @Zorino

            Thanx.Those two words always get me.

            • December 15, 2015 - Reply

              @Mrs.J

              No problem!

  2. December 14, 2015 - Reply

    First, sagging pants (that shown someone’s underwear) in public is really despicable. We, as a community, should always reject that action and we shouldn’t tolerate it. The question is whether this action was excessive or not. In my opinion, this act of jailing the teenagers was excessive. The kids doesn’t deserve to be thrown into jail because of their actions. The worst thing is that many black students are jailed for far less than sagging pants in America, which perpetrates the school to prison pipeline system. One black teenager was recently assaulted unjustly by a cop and then she was jailed. It is obvious that we have many draconian laws in America.

    • December 14, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      Agreed. Besides Draconian laws we also have bizarre laws in this country. For example, in NYC it is actually legal for adult women to be topless.
      If thats not bad enough, there is a group of women (Caucasian) that have public topless reading parties around the city! This country is overrun with hypocrisy. SMH

      • December 14, 2015 - Reply

        @Chazz A

        There is this hypocrisy. There are European countries that allow adult women to go topless too. There is a time and place for everything. I have no problem with women going topless at certain locations not in every location. Dress code violations in school usually involve warnings, and suspensions not jail time. I understand where you’re coming from.

        • December 14, 2015 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          Right, on one hand, public topless-ness is legal, on the other hand young black brothers wearing saggy pants are still getting jacked up by the cops due to their appearance.

          • December 14, 2015 - Reply

            @Chazz A

            There should be a change in society as well. Some people just lack commonsense and others just want to ruin the lives of others. The police institution has occupied and harassed black people for a long time. It is a shame that many black people suffer injustices or unfair punishments.

      • December 15, 2015 - Reply

        @Chazz A

        Topless, in Times Square, no less. I stared at the news coverage in disbelief of my eyes and ears. If topless white women in Time Square, which is on high alert for terrorist activity because it stays saturated with tourists which include young impressionable children, is not a threat to Human Safety and in violation of some NYC Ordinance, then Foreign Terrorism is the least of my concerns.

        nytimes[.com]/2015/08/30/opinion/topless-women-in-times-square.html?_r=0

        nypost[.com]/2015/04/22/topless-women-posing-with-underage-kids-in-times-square/
        “…the onslaught of aggressive solicitation and predatory behavior that occurs in Times Square on a daily basis and is only getting worse,” said T.J. Witham, a spokesman for the Times Square Alliance business group.

  3. December 14, 2015 - Reply

    “the students were reprimanded several times before the arrest. Ammons was suspended previously for “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”.”
    y’all we can say what we want to say make up excuses all we want to but I bet none of y’all would want to live next door to this boy, and I won’t want my child in school with or associate him or his type, rules are rules and if you are going to live in a civilize society you must follow by the rules laws and codes and if they don’t the authorities must have the fortitude to enforce the law and that includes throwing some in jail where this boy belong.

    • December 14, 2015 - Reply

      @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      I feel like jail was a bit much but I hope they at least take that off of their records.

      • December 14, 2015 - Reply

        @yoda

        I agree, if they correct themselves at age 18 it should be removed from their record.

    • December 14, 2015 - Reply

      @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      Many of these young men dont know that this is a prison trend to let other inmate know you were available for chex. I hate to see it but I also hate to the little white girls with no bra , baring cleavage & midriff and thier thongs and underwear showing ? do you think any of the latter grouo will be jAILED for these youthful indescetetions

      • December 14, 2015 - Reply

        @blogdiz

        I understand where you are comming from but this is more than any “youthful indiscretions” and most of them don’t care about the origin of this behavior, I don’t care about what little white girls do that’s her people problem not mines, what I do care about is those untrained, misguided, troubled, mean young black males and females but mainly males who are terrorizing the black community so much so that my elderly are afraid to go to sleep at night, black elderly people are afraid to live in the house they work so hard to pay for and have a home in their old age [these are the one we don’t care about] I care about my innocent young black girls and boys getting killed, being harassed, bullied, and molested afraid to play in their own neighborhood this is my main concern. I care nothing for a disrespectful law breaking unruly nasty black man or black women who care nothing for themselves and the plight of black people, if they did they would do better.

        • December 15, 2015 - Reply

          @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

          Trueletterson, I bet you’d care what those little White girls did if they were after your son, brother, nephew, or cousin. I believe one of the biggest mistakes Black people make is to differentiate ourselves from others such as having one rule for us and another for everyone else. Many of us claim, “I don’t care what White people do; I’m worried about Black people.” Well, if we lived in a bubble, that would be a valid argument, but since we don’t, what others in society do affect the rest of us. I’m not talking about Black boys sagging or White girls with midriffs. I’m talking other more serious things. I love my people and am very concerned about our future, but I’m not going to absolve White folks who commit some of the same “offenses” and give them a pass.

        • December 15, 2015 - Reply

          @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

          Regarding safety for the elderly and the right for everyone to live safe in their home/neighborhood, I’m right with you on that.

    • December 14, 2015 - Reply

      @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      This a good comment and I totally agree.

      • December 14, 2015 - Reply

        @Mr Randall K

        thank you!

    • December 14, 2015 - Reply

      @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      “”the students were reprimanded several times before the arrest. Ammons
      was suspended previously for “showing gang related/hate violence or
      intimidation,”–He should be arrested for committing a criminal act, not baggy pants.

      “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”.””– Expulsion should be an option, since he clearly doesn’t want to be there.

    • December 14, 2015 - Reply

      @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      If he’s going to be in jail it should be for something that makes sense not pants sagging.I would’ve felt better if they said they put him in jail because they believe he was Gang affiliated but they probably have no proof of that.

  4. December 14, 2015 - Reply

    I HATE the saggy pant trend, yet I am reluctant to embrace yet another avenue for the criminalization of young black bodies what about fines, community service . suspension, but JAIL? with a criminal record that follows you for life ? and we have young white kids killing people and claiming affluenza …..Nope

    • December 14, 2015 - Reply

      @blogdiz

      Exactly.

    • December 14, 2015 - Reply

      @blogdiz

      Good point

    • December 16, 2015 - Reply

      @blogdiz

      Yes, until there is a law on the books banning KKK attire in public, don’t be creating laws to further criminalize young black boys & you already know, there will be NO white boys going to jail over this. And another thing–WHY do we allow kids to be thrown in JAIL for violating a SCHOOL dress code? I smell a civil lawsuit.

  5. December 14, 2015 - Reply

    I don’t condone boys wearing saggy pants or girls walking around with their “groceries” on display. While I understand the faculty enforcing the dress code policy, I disagree with the fashion arrest. If these kids were assaulting fellow students or faculty, making terrorist threats or inciting riots, an arrest would be more than justified.
    Personally, I see this as one of many subtle, discreet forms of racist bias that occurs from negative stereotypes that are reinforced via mass media.
    The kids should have been suspended and the parents need to be held accountable to a certain degree as well.

    • December 14, 2015 - Reply

      @Chazz A

      These boys were trouble makers and gang members. Why do you think they should get a slap on the wrist like a suspension? The arrests will teach them to respect authority in the future.

      • December 14, 2015 - Reply

        @Mr Randall K

        Suspension is no slap on the wrist as you put it. The arrest is unwarranted because the saggy fashion fad, while ridiculous, is not illegal. You should ask yourself, if these were Caucasian kids, would an arrest be justified?

        • December 14, 2015 - Reply

          @Chazz A

          Suspensions are no cake walks as you have mentioned. Suspensions are on students’ records and there are hearings for possible expulsion involving extreme suspensions too.

          • December 14, 2015 - Reply

            @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

            Exactly. The kids were disruptive but did not commit a criminal act. IMO, suspension and/or possible expulsion would have been the correct way to handle this situation.

            • December 14, 2015 - Reply

              @Chazz A

              You’re right Brother. If the students continued to do what they do, school authorities can call their parents and have them suspended. We know about the statistics where black kids are punished harsher than white kids even if they are guilty of the same offense. It is a situation where we desire real radical changes in the world.

        • December 14, 2015 - Reply

          @Chazz A

          Well lets see, if the kids were white the parents would never let them leave the house dressed that way.
          They would not get involved with gangs either.
          It is called good parenting and respect for authority.

          • December 14, 2015 - Reply

            @Mr Randall K

            Naw the white kids just shoot up schools and mass murder innocent children

            • December 14, 2015 - Reply

              @blogdiz

              Not to mention the “trench-coat mafia” aka the Columbine terrorists. how soon THEY forget!

              • December 15, 2015 - Reply

                @Chazz A

                Chazz, I don’t believe they forget. They just choose to ignore their transgressions because of their convoluted, fantasy of themselves being perfect.

          • December 14, 2015 - Reply

            @Mr Randall K

            Yea right.There are trailer parks and meth houses where white parents let their kids do whatever.Affluent and suburbanite white parents have kids who are dying of overdoses.The fact that white people think they are perfect is only hurting white people in the end.No need for you to respond to me.

          • December 15, 2015 - Reply

            @Mr Randall K

            I can count on both my hands the times I’ve seen not only White youth, but grown White men walking around with their butt crack exposed, so stop pretending that Whites are pristine because you are not.

        • December 14, 2015 - Reply

          @Chazz A

          No need to even go back and forth with that person.They are totally delusional.The fact that whites think they are perfect is only hurting them.They have a huge drug problem and their kids are dying of drug overdoses but they still refuse to see the truth.

          • December 14, 2015 - Reply

            @Mrs.J

            You’re right Mrs J. He has a narrow point of view on this topic most likely from a privileged prospective.
            Heroin is running rampant in white suburbia and meth is tearing rural white communities apart.

      • December 14, 2015 - Reply

        @Mr Randall K

        I’m sorry but real Gang members don’t go to school they Gang bang all day.Throwing them in jail was stupid.

        • December 14, 2015 - Reply

          @Mrs.J

          I disagree because gang members use low income schools for recruiting.

          • December 14, 2015 - Reply

            @Mr Randall K

            They might recruit them when they are walking home from school or something.But real Gang members are out doing things for the Gang like selling drugs and being pimps and engaging in other illegal activity.We will just agree to disagree.No need to keep going back and forth.

      • December 15, 2015 - Reply

        @Mr Randall K

        The last time I checked, a gang member had to commit a crime (except if they were blue and a badge) in order to be arrested. If a crime was comment, then jail would be justified, but disruption is NOT a offense that warrants jail. You see, back in my day, suspension, detention and a parent’s switch handled all this, but now we’ve become a police country that jails children (yes, children) in order to give them records. It’s called the school to prison pipeline. It’s intentional and it’s meant to give these young people records, even as early as 4 or 5 years old, a record that will keep them from prospering in the future. This school to prison pipeline is directed at Black youth. Many kids get into trouble, but that does not mean they need to go to jail!

      • December 15, 2015 - Reply

        @Mr Randall K

        An arrest won’t teach them anything but being angry. Tell me the last time you’ve heard of someone in prison now having respect for authority. You are a part of this mindset that believes the police will fix the world. They won’t. If anything, the system destroys the world because oftentimes our society causes problems that it now wants to fix.

  6. December 14, 2015 - Reply

    Saggin’ spelled backwards is Niggas 😉

    Some of these kids go overboard with sagging but throwing them is a too harsh of a decision.

    • December 14, 2015 - Reply

      @Zorino

      You’re right, our young brothers need to wake up. There is a troll on another site with the screen- name “I hate saggin”.

  7. December 14, 2015 - Reply

    Again criminalization of the youth, particularly the Black youth. I HATE sagging pants but I wouldn’t jumped to the conclusion to throw someone in jail because of it. I think that is a misuse of imprisonment. If we are throwing people in jail for fashion crimes/trends we hate then the state are going to need to build a lot of jail cells in the future. There is a whole bunch of things and sanctions that could have been done with the disobeying of the dress code that doesn’t include imprisonment.

  8. December 14, 2015 - Reply

    starting them on the school to prison pipeline …

    • December 15, 2015 - Reply

      @Rizzo

      *nodding* yep, that’s exactly what’s happening here, Rizzo.

  9. December 14, 2015 - Reply

    Good. Maybe now these idiots will walk back on their constant slut shaming of women and constantly saying misogynistic things like women need to cover up to get respect but they’re dumb asses and won’t see the connection. Arrest ’em.

  10. December 14, 2015 - Reply

    We’re the parents aware of the school’s policies? Where does the right of parents to control their kids come into play?

  11. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    We all know what this is about. Laws like this are meant to derail the progress of a certain group. We see through the bs. There is no need to jail a young man and spend precious taxpayer dollars because of sagging pants. It’s despicable and repugnant. I can agree with a fine, but jail is excessive. If a young lady puts on yoga pants or daisy dukes, no body will bat an eye save the horny men and the gawking women, but let a young Af-Am man expose his underwear, goes to jail. I absolutely despise seeing young men with their pants sagging,make no mistake about that, but we know how this works. If a white cop sees a young white males pants sagging, he’ll probably give that young white guy a tongue lashing and let him go on his way, but the Af-Am dude will be patty wagoned. We see this same routine with marijuana, hell we see this same routine with many broken laws. From speeding tickets, to murder. Damn Shame!

    • December 15, 2015 - Reply

      @Too Good

      Spot on comment! Laws: exemptions for Whites, jail/prison for Blacks.

  12. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    I don’t care how offended people get at the sight of sagging drawers, but this is NOT a jail-worthy offense nor is it simply a “Black thing.” I can’t count how many times I’ve seen White men with the crack of their behind showing. I wonder if Tennessee is jailing them too? I know the answer to that question. We have become a police country. What happened to the “no room in jails” mantra. I guess they’ve built enough jails and such to house those with minor offensive. This is insanity!

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