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Principal Finds Unique Way to Battle Saggy Jeans

A Memphis principal says he’s fighting pop culture with pop culture.

Faced with a dress code problem among students who were wearing “saggy jeans,” oversized jeans that hang too low revealing the wearer’s underwear, Bobby White turned to Urkel. Steve Urkel, the character from ABC’s sitcom Family Matters, who was famous for dressing in a nerdy manner with his pants pulled up higher than a shuffleboard player in Florida.

Armed with plastic cable ties which fasten tightly and are nearly impossible to remove without scissors or wire cutters, teachers identify people who still haven’t gotten the message about how to dress properly, pull their pants up, and use the cable ties to secure them snugly around the student’s midsection, higher than normal.  Students who have been so corrected are referred to as having been “Urkeled.”

One teacher told Memphis television station WMC-TV that he’d seen an almost 80% drop in saggy jeans since the policy took effect.

For those who’d argue that schools should have more important things to worry about, the principal has a simple response:  “There’s something right about looking right, acting right, beginning to think right.”

I’d say he’s definitely doing the right thing:  school should be about learning, not wardrobe.

I wish we had more principals like this.

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