Antonio Ammons is one of two students at Tennessee's Bolivar Central High School who spent 48 hours in jail after a school officer reported a total of four teens for indecent exposure, WMC Action News 5 reports. Some students and parents think it was an excessive punishment, including Antonio, whose response to spending time behind bars is honestly kind of heart-breaking.
"I just took it and went on. I didn't know what else to do," he said of being held at the Hardeman County Criminal Justice Complex. "I really didn't like it."
Here's yet another reason to side-eye the entire situation — while the school's student handbook bans "low slung, baggy seat, baggy legged, or bell-bottom pants," an attorney who spoke on the case said that wearing saggy pants doesn't violate any of state's indecent exposure laws.
A photo of Antonio shows the violation that led to the punishment and it's worth noting that none of his actual body parts are visible — only the waistband of his pants and the top half of his underwear.
Unfortunately, the incident has left Antonio with more than $250 in court costs and fees. The school's principal Jeff Barnes has yet to comment on the case.
Of all the crazy dress code stories we've heard this year (such as the Tennessee students who were disciplined for wearing leggings), this one is particularly concerning because of the legal repercussions. Details on why the students were charged with a crime are unknown, but it makes us wonder why the school couldn't handle a simple dress code issue without involving the law.