Horn Lake Alderman wants to ban sagging pants

By Chip Washington - bio | email

HORN LAKE, MS (WMC-TV) - A North Mississippi Alderman is trying to ban a fashion trend that some consider inappropriate.

Horn Lake, Mississippi is the latest city to join the debate over sagging pants.  The mayor and Board of Alderman brought up the issue Tuesday night.  

Ward 3 Alderman Tim Smith wants a new ordinance to stop the trend.

"I think it's time we put a stop to it before it really gets to the point there is actual exposure," Smith said.

Smith said the issue was brought up a couple of years ago but it now seems to be getting worse.  He hopes to draft something that cannot be overturned in a court of law, but the matter is still in the discussion stages.

Smith's colleague, Alderwoman Amy Lay, has a differing opinion on the subject.

"I hear complaints about it all the time as well," Lay said.  "I'm just not confident you can legislate correcting that behavior because there are many fashion trends, so where do we draw the line?"

Lay questioned whether this would infringe on a person's right of freedom to choice.  Horn Lake resident Syrondia Hoskins shares a similar opinion.

"That's the whole point of free, of doing what you feel is right, what you're comfortable in," Hoskins said.  "Next thing they are going to want to make women tighten up the way they dress."

Last year, Tennessee lawmakers considered a bill that would have banned sagging pants, but never made a decision.

Smith said he wanted to keep Horn Lake respectable but he will also respect the decision of his colleagues.

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