Officials should adopt mall-manager’s ‘saggy pants’ policy

Published 1:00 am Sunday, November 27, 2011

I would like to thank Mr. Mike Carlisle, general manager of the Vicksburg Mall, for implementing and enforcing the policy on children wearing their pants below their waists in the mall. The policy requires that those who refuse to pull up their sagging pants be asked to leave the mall.

I am asking our city fathers to follow suit.

Also, children 18 and younger should be in school and should be required to show identification when asked by a policeman. No ID, take them to the station and call their guardians.

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Again, I’m asking the religious community leaders to comment. When I see a child walking the streets during school hours, I ask, why? I doubt if there is an elected official with a child walking around with trousers below the waistline or walking the streets during school hours or not attending school. It’s understandable that people in my age group are afraid to say anything in public.

As for crime, make sure children stay in school and get an education. If the city fathers would step up to the plate, showing courage, they will get a lot of handshakes. When you see elected officials, ask them what they think about the baggy trousers. If they decline to comment, that should tell you something.

At least once or twice a week, police scanner calls report 25 to 30 children ready to fight after the 10:30 or 11 at night. With the exception of a sporting event, school activity or work to assist in the household, 8 p.m. should be children’s curfew. A teen center won’t work if older children are allowed to cause disturbances.

Babies having babies, 13- and 14-year-olds, what’s wrong with that picture?

Again, I say don’t be ashamed to voice your opinion about the problems we are having with the young folks.

Lastly, “those who help in this endeavor, I welcome wholeheartedly. Those who do nothing are inviting shame.”

Wardell L. Wince

U.S. Marine Corps, retired