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December 7th, 2010
09:32 AM ET

"You've been Urkeled!"


One school principal wants students to be a bit more like "Urkel."   

No baggy, no saggy, no underwear showing.  And a principal in Memphis, TN is holding up Urkels as an example.  In fact, he's turned "Urkel" in a verb.  As in "if your pants are sagging, you're getting "Urkeled."  Staff members walk the halls with zip ties.  If they see saggy pants, the student gets "Urkeled."

"You slide it over, take out the remaining slack," teacher Shaka Greene told our affiliate WMC.  "It's almost impossible to get it off."

We want to know what you think.  Is this school doing a good thing?  Write a comment below and Kyra could read it in our 10 o'clock hour.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Tonya

    WOW! What an innovative way to make a change – using a pop-culture icon "Urkel" to un-cool a negative pop-culture phenomenon!

    I wish this kind of seemingly simple creativity could be channeled into addressing all of our other social issues.

    "Great Job" to the Principal – If we had enough educators who cared enough, or were bold enough to do things like this, perhaps we would not still be waiting for superman to pull us out of all of our other mess!!

    December 7, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  2. Victor

    Super way to attack what seems to be a growing FAD that is, to say the least, embarrassing. Reason being, much of society associates sagging pants with young black or minority youth who may be gang assoicated or just simply "touble". Our young boys and even the young girls seem to think it is "cool" to sag your pants, show your underwear and in many instances to much of your 'skin". This "Urkel" program is a prime of example of how you can attack this epidemic at the base and start to change the mind set of our our young boys and grils. OUTSTANDING job by the Principal of this school. I only hope that the Memphis City School board will follow his lead and impliment it city wide. Then the rest of the country may follow.

    December 7, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  3. Nan

    LOVE. IT. Hope more principals – and parents – do it!

    December 7, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  4. Ted

    Fantastic! Where are the parents of these kids? How do they let them leave the house in pants that are 5 sizes too big?

    Kudos to this principal. I hope this activity spreads!

    December 7, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  5. IMANI

    The principal and his staff are to be COMMENDED for such a creative and innovative way to attack what has become a growing problem in schools from elementary to collegiate levels. Maybe now the young people will PULL UP THEIR PANTS!

    December 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  6. Toni

    I think this is a WONDERFUL idea, I am tired of looking at young peoples underwear

    December 7, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  7. Mallory

    I agree with the saggy pants policy because kids shouldn't go around school looking like that. It's distracting and inappropriate for a learning environment. In fact, it's distracting and inappropriate anywhere, but especially in school.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  8. Annie

    GREAT inexpensive idea that would be extremely easy to implement! I'm sure some parent will complain that their kid was humiliated. When that happens, you will see just how little support innovative ideas like this one get due to a lack of support from local school boards who run scared every time a parent complains.....sad, but true!

    December 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm |

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