Baggy Pants Save Teen from Alligator Attack, but Politicians are Trying to Ban Them in Schools
Florida legislators are hard at work trying to pass a law that would ban students from wearing baggy pants in the classroom, but baggy pants have actually saved a teenager life -- well, sorta. Seventeen-year-old St. Petersburg resident Kendrick Williams escaped an alligator attack because the reptile could only manage to take a bite out of the baggy fabric and not his actual legs.
WFTS reports that Williams was taking a shortcut home from his job on Monday when he heard a noise and turned around to see a six- to seven-foot alligator.
"I heard the hiss and then I looked down and I seen the alligator on the ground," Williams told the station. "I ran. I didn't look back."
The gator's jaw did manage to take a bite out of his baggy pants though.
His mother tells the station the extra fabric might have saved his life.
"That was the advantage of wearing baggy pants that day," Tanita Murray tells the station. "It's dangerous. If a toddler had been standing there, it (the alligator) would have bit his neck or head."
Coincidentally, a law banning students from wearing baggy and sagging pants to school will likely become law after this session. Though, the bill is more concerned with exposed underwear than the actual width of the pant legs.
Somehow, though, one Republican politician managed to paint the law as "pro-family, pro-education, pro-jobs."
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Miami New Times' biggest stories.