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Saggy pants drag on



6701b2ecf4a349248c2359c0c0089221_ms First, a crusade against saggy pants in school. Now a crusade against the crusade.

State Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, has been making eyes roll with his bill to criminalize pants so saggy they show skivvies, dubbing his legislation "pro-family, pro-education and pro-employment." Now the NAACP and the ACLU are stepping into the fray.

The two groups are holding a press conference in Tallahassee today to denounce Siplin's bill as "nonsensical" and then some. A press release they issued said advocacy groups nationwide are "outraged" because the bill would "provide a new and unnecessary avenue of interaction between young people and the criminal justice system."

"School suspension is a violation of probation, either Department of Juvenile Justice probation or court supervised probation," the statement continues. "Therefore, this legislation would possibly flood the already overworked juvenile probation officers and the courts with additional violation hearings."

Believe it or not, Gov. Crist actually weighed in on this. For that, see our sister blog The Buzz here.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter (Image from ABC News)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:37am]


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