Judge wants kid’s baggy clothes
District Judge Dave Gamble ordered a 14-year-old boy who had previously admitted a charge of disorderly conduct, not to wear any baggy clothing as a condition of his probation.
“Maybe you should change the way you dress, start with that,” said Gamble to Kalen Jim. “Part of your probation will be that you not wear any saggy clothes.”
Jim, who appeared in court wearing a white T-shirt and jean shorts that would fit even the most liberal definition of baggy, admitted, at a previous hearing, shooting at dogs with a BB-gun and picking a fight with another boy.
It was not these charges that prompted Gamble to issue the order, but rather Jim’s grades and poor attitude towards his schooling.
In reading a letter written to the judge from Jim, Gamble said the boy gave his act away with the impressive letter.
“You have all Fs and one D, but there are zero misspelled words in this letter,” said the judge, adding that the sentences were well-formed and the only mistake in the letter was a hyphenation.
“Most kids your age don’t even know about splitting words. They try to scrunch the word onto one line,” said the judge.
Gamble said in addition to acting less intelligent that he actually is, another part of Jim’s bluff has been his clothing which is consistent with the way many of today’s gang members and youth in general dress.
“You’re done faking this deal,” said Gamble. “You need to quit acting like a hoodlum and quit dressing like a buffoon.”
“I agree with what you said,” said Jim’s grandfather, who was beside Jim at the hearing. Jim’s grandfather said the boy could do all the things, such as improving his grades, that Gamble asked of him if he got a push.
“Well he’s getting one now,” said Gamble, ordering Jim to only wear regular jeans and shorts. “You don’t get to do it anymore.”
Gamble ordered the juvenile probation office to supply him with weekly reports as to Jim’s progress in school and his dress. The judge said any unsatisfactory reports would land Jim time in juvenile detention.
Jim then left the courtroom and another boy was brought before the judge for disposition. When that hearing was finished, Gamble recalled Jim.
When Jim was back in the courtroom, Gamble said he had heard that Jim was arguing with his grandfather outside the court about wearing baggy clothing.
Jim told Gamble that he wasn’t arguing that he still wanted to wear the clothes, but only wanted to keep them in his possession.
Gamble then ordered that the clothes be given to the judge. The judge said it would be at his discretion as to whether or not Jim would get back the loose-fitting clothing.
“Listen to your grandfather,” Gamble warned.