Lawmakers believe saggy pants has direct line to youth violence

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- It was another spirited discussion on Tuesday night as citizens gathered to discuss bill #117. It was also the last chance for public to speak up on both sides of the issue.

More than 50 people showed up to Long Middle School to talk about bill #117. The bill proposed by Alderwoman Marlene Davis would ban saggy pants in the city of St. Louis. At first Davis said the $100 to $500 fine was a good idea, now she`s looking at alternatives. So far 70- percent of participants like the idea and others disagree.

An unnamed man confronted Davis on her proposed bill by saying, "It`s biased and judgmental on your part it`s not your place not anyone`s place to decide how people should dress."

Davis responded.

"There should be some community service maybe the kids we have a system in place we might be able to use the neighborhood accountability board. Teens go through the program to resolve past and present problems in their area," said Davis.

Joann Glover-Straughter says her son had surgery to correct health problems caused by sagging. Meanwhile kids at the forum said sagging is a defense mechanism and feel pressured to do it.

"Two years ago there were 16 cities that had the ban now it`s 117 and I am glad they got it done. I don`t like sagging, because they have to tilt their hips and walk in a way that`s destroying their bodies. The base of their spine tilts as they continue to walk the center of their spine is coming off of its base," said Glover.

Now it`s up to city officials to make a final decision on an issue that has the attention of people from all walks of life.

"When you can get the community involved you can solve problems," Davis said.

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