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Boston Group Launches Campaign To Warn Teens About Saggy Pants

By Paul Burton, WBZ-TV
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BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a fashion statement that most people don’t understand: kids wearing their pants halfway off their buttocks.

“The reason why I sag is because it gives me more space do to things,” teenager Devin Clark said.

Now an advocacy group in Boston is kicking off a sagging campaign to warn teens who wear their pants hanging down that they could face a fine or possible jail time for indecent exposure.

Boston police say it’s not likely or a high priority. “They could but they are not. It’s like jaywalking. We are just trying to let folks know it’s wrong and it’s against the law,” Black Mental Health Alliance of Massachusetts Omar Reid said.

Many kids say they have to sag their pants in order to feel comfortable. “It used to be just for the style but now it’s an addiction,” Clark said.

Reid says this issue has gotten out of control. “A lot of parents are coming to us because their kids can’t wear their pants right and they are looking for therapy so that’s a mental health issue,” Reid said.

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