Police get involved when middle school student bares too much

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2008

A 13-year-old Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School student was reported to police after he wore his pants a little too low last week. Police opened an "indecent exposure" case and referred the teenager to Juneau Youth Services.

Officers did not release the youngster's name because of his age.

"We were told it happened in class," Sgt. Dave Campbell said.

Apparently the teen's hip-hop-style pants were so low that only his boxers covered his genitals and students saw them though the fly, Campbell said.

Though the incident happened Friday, the police officer assigned to the school did not tell police headquarters until Tuesday, when the case was opened.

Campbell said he believed the school's administration handled the situation adequately and that Juneau Youth Services might not need to follow up on the case.

Dzantik'i Heeni Principal Barb Mecum would not discuss the incident. She said it was a student discipline issue and not for public consumption.

Mecum said the school did have a dress code that covers the wearing of pants. The guidelines say "loose pants falling below the hips are not appropriate."

• Contact reporter Greg Skinner at 523-2258 or greg.skinner@juneauempire.com.

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