Johnston County

Selma considering ban on baggy pants

The town council on Tuesday evening will discuss whether Selma should – or even can – ban saggy pants.

Council member William Overby says wearing saggy pants is disrespectful. Overby said he got the idea to seek a town ordinance when he and his family were wandering around town, watching people hitching up their britches.

“You see people walking down street, pulling up their pants,” he said. “It’s nothing to do with any particular type of people – I see it done by everybody.”

But Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver says she is fairly certain that the council will dismiss the idea during its work session. Last week’s agenda simply listed “Baggy Pants Discussion” as the last item.

Oliver said banning the wearing of saggy pants would be difficult to enforce.

“Where’s a person’s waist?” she said. “We don’t want to get into it.”

Overby acknowledges, too, that such a ban would probably violate the U.S. Constitution. He said when he suggested the idea to the council a month ago, he simply wanted to put it on the agenda for discussion.

Since then, Overby has studied the findings of the town attorney in Dunn, where the town council considered a similar idea. He says he realizes the complications and wants to research the topic more.

“My ideal goal would be that the people that wear saggy pants would be encouraged to pull them up,” said Overby.