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3rd Quarter 7:19


Punishing saggy pants a bad idea

RE “ALLIANCE cracks down on teens’ sagging pants” (Metro, Feb. 19):

Massachusetts does not need still another law to criminalize and imprison working class and minority youth.

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I am disappointed that a psychologist like Omar Reid and his Black Mental Health Alliance of Massachusetts would want to discourage kids from wearing saggy pants by airing a public service advertisement raising the threat of criminal penalties. Let’s support and mentor those kids instead. When I was worried about my own kids’ dyed-blue hair and all-black clothing, I tried to remember they would grow out of it. They did.

Hope Haff


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