SC school to offer belts to saggy pants offenders

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - Starting this week, students at one Rock Hill high school won't get disciplined right away for wearing saggy pants. Instead, school officials will lend them a belt.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported that administrators at Northwestern High School hope the change will cause students to think about how they dress and also reduce the number of students referred for discipline.

Previously, students whose pants sagged below their waist could be written up and sent to the principal's office.

Junior Joe Johnson says he doubts that loaning a belt for the day will deter teens because many students already wear a belt on their sagging pants.

Principal James Blake says the school is willing to try anything to give students the opportunity to do the right thing.

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