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Belts bought to keep pants on waist

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A Dougherty County Commissioner is making sure students at one elementary school don't fall victim to a controversial new ordinance outlawing saggy pants in Albany.

The Albany City Commission passed the indecency ordinance last week. Monday County Commissioner Jack Stone said he purchased 100 belts to donate to students at Turner Elementary School. More than 300 students at the school told teachers they didn't have a belt. Stone says he wants to encourage students to practice good habits.

"When I was growing up on the farm my daddy always said when the weed comes up nip it in the bud when it's young and you don't have no problems, well if you start with these kids now and get them belts like they should have to hold up their pants then later on their pants won't be on the ground," said Dougherty County Commissioner Jack Stone.

The school is in Stone's district. Violators of the saggy pants ordinance will be fined $25.00 on their first offense and $200.00 for a second offense. Contempt of court could result in community service and possibly jail time.

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