The Gem Project Youth Public Debate Competition: March Topic- Instituting a ban on ‘Saggy Pants’ in the nation’s largest school system!

Program Info:

Through the Gem Project Interactive Literacy Program, we are hosting a series of youth led debate competitions!

March’s Debate Topic:

Should the largest school system in our nation, New York City, institute a ban of wearing  ‘saggy pants’  in schools?

Background Info:

Serving over 1.1 million students, New York City is the largest school system in the United States. State Sen. Eric Adams (D-Queens) has urged New York City Schools Chancellor, Dennis Walcott, to adopt a resolution to ban wearing ‘saggy pants’ in New York City schools.

Arkansas and Florida have statewide bans for their students. Other places within our country have implemented fines up to $500, including jail time.

Are there  boundaries being crossed? Who should be responsible? Our students will decide through our debate competition!

The Gem Project will continue to hold a series of youth led debates on this topic for March in Newark, NJ. Activity leaders may sign up for our available dates and locations here. You may read testimonials from our last debate here.

What are your personal thoughts on this topic? Comment below to express them.


Image Credit: Los Angeles Times, Staff

  • Fatima Scipio

    I think our youth have to be educated on the history behind this trend.
    We also have to understand that youth tend to follow the
    Trends of celebrities. If we are serious about changing this “fashion” I believe
    It will have to be a collaborative effort between youth and the very culture that they emulate.

    • Amanda A. Ebokosia

      Fatima, I feel you’re right. I agree that it takes collaborative efforts. If the entire community starts to hold each other accountable, that’s when we will see real change. I also feel that this trend has expanded and affects everyone from varying cultures. Personally speaking, I believe there should be a stronger stance on dress code, in this particular situation.

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