VIA| A high school in Bolivar, Tenneesee has come under some intense scrutiny recently as two high school seniors have been ordered to spend 48 hours in jail. On a first glance, you’d think these students called in a fake bomb threat or were dealing drugs – but no, it’s all for a school dress code violation.
The two Bolivar Central High School students were among four involved in the incident, all charged with indecent exposure back in early November for wearing baggy pants to school. While that is obviously a problem, no one can answer the question: how did this possibly end in jail time?
Resource officer William Hoyle claims he warned the students multiple times about their inappropriate attire, yet the students still continued to defy the school dress code. According to an interview with WREG, his main concern is the example that older students set for the younger ones.
“Because the environment is already bad, and it ain’t gonna get any better if the older kids don’t try to show the younger kids anything,” he said.
The school’s dress code specifies that pants must be worn to the waistline, while expressly forbidding, “low slung, baggy-legged or bell-bottom pants.” All students are also expected to “dress and groom in a neat and modest manner so as not to distract or interfere with the operation of the school.”
While these students were clearly in violation, OpposingViews.com reports that neither the school board nor the local sheriff’s office have been able to explain how these two students ended up serving 48 hours in the local jail.