Students Get 'Urkeled' For Wearing Baggy Pants

Did I do that?

Westside Middle School in Memphis had a problem that many schools face:  Students wearing extremely baggy pants.  It’s a look made popular by rap stars but it’s a look Principal Bobby White just cannot stand.  A firm believer in the idea that looking right leads to acting right and thinking right, he set out to put an end to the nonsense.

But when students continued to wear their pants hanging halfway to their knees despite a school policy forbidding it, White got creative.  Rather than send kids home or sentence them to detention, he ‘Urkeled’ them.

Yes, that Urkel.

On the old sitcom “Family Matters” the character of Steve Urkel was famous for two things:  The catchphrase “Did I do that?” and his habit of  wearing his pants hiked up practically to his armpits. That look was good for laughs on television but at Westside Middle School, it has proved to be a very good way to teach baggy pants-wearing kids a lesson.

Students who come to school in violation of the dress code get ‘Urkeled’ by having their pants pulled up as far as they will go and securely fastened with plastic zip ties.  But that’s not all.   ‘Urkeled’ students also get their photo taken and displayed on the ‘Urkeled’ Wall for all the school to see and laugh at.

And it works.  At first, about 80 students a week were getting ‘Urkeled.’ But within five weeks, that number dropped to about 18 per week.

Principal White may be striving to help his students look like proper young men, but he knows the real reason the ‘Urkel’ treatment works:  It’s hilariously embarrassing.

More from Strollerderby

Is Your Cell Phone Hurting Your Unborn Child?

50 Best Facebook Fan Pages for Parents

Tween Celebrity Crushes:  Is This Normal?

Fear of Giving Birth is Real and on the Rise

Facebook Cartoon Profile Pictures:  Not a Pointless Hoax

FBI Warns About Barbie Video Girl

Nutmeg:  Just Say No

What Your Baby’s Name Says About You

When Should Kids Start Buying Christmas Gifts?  How About Never?

Is the Fight Against Childhood Obesity Causing Eating Disorders?

Tagged as:

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Learn More.