Two 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.”