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Mall starts curfew, turns away 100 teens

Posted October 3, 2008
Updated October 4, 2008

— A curfew for teens at Triangle Town Center mall went into effect Friday evening.

Under the mall's new Youth Escort Policy, anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian inside the mall after 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The policy covers the entire mall, except for the Sears, Belk's, Macy's, Dillard's and Saks department stores.

“We might not be considered the cool mall anymore,” mall spokeswoman Jennifer Jones said.

The policy was adopted after a July melee involving scores of teens that forced the mall to be evacuated and stores to close early.

Cole Ross, 17, was turned away from the mall Friday night, because he arrived during the curfew period.

“It shows you a couple of people can mess it up for everybody,” Ross said.

Mall officials started making announcements at 4 p.m. to allow teens to finish their shopping and arrange for an adult escort or a ride home. Any unescorted teen in the mall after 5 p.m. would be given a chance to call a parent or guardian to pick them up or join them at the mall, officials said.

On Friday night, 118 people were turned away from the mall. Fifteen people, who did not have transportation, were escorted to the mall's reunion room to call for transportation.

“There is just a lot of concern in the community about our youth and unsupervised youth and feeling safe in public areas,” Jones said.

Valerie Hilliard, who was shopping Friday evening, said she likes the extra rules. “It’s a lot quieter, and (there’s) a little more space to walk,” she said.

Two other area malls – Northgate Mall in Durham and Parkwood Mall in Wilson – also have restrictions on teens on the weekends.

In 1993, the Asheville Mall was one of the first in the country to put teen restrictions into place. The restrictions were later canceled.

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  • wlbrooksjr1976 Oct 3, 9:58 p.m.

    well LBOE you must not frequent the local malls anymore. I wish Southpoint would start a curfew I would keep the wanna be gang bangers and little punk thugs who have no other agenda at home for there sorry parents to deal with.It seems to me that when these kids get in trouble for fighting or stealing there parents just blame everyone else, not themselves.When in reality they just want a free check and some public day care

    That's my story and i'm stickin to it

  • LBOE Hits Oct 3, 8:56 p.m.

    "All of you people that are complaining are probably some of those parents that don't know where their kids are on in the evenings" - I think not...did you not go to the mall when you were a teenager? If you have teenage kids, do you never leave them unattended? And what percentage of teenagers at the mall don't do anything?? That number is higher than you think.

  • LBOE Hits Oct 3, 8:48 p.m.

    And you guys act like parents can't drop 16 and 17 year olds off at the mall. Ya'lls parents didn't give you free time? Now now parents, how dare you not teach your kids morals and values all the time instead of letting them hang out with friends...at a public place. I stated this before, we should ban all adults from Wal-Mart after it's dark from that ONE time a guy tried to shoot somebody in Sanford (or somewhere) a little while ago.

  • janeybelle Oct 3, 8:45 p.m.

    I for one am really glad they are starting to do this. It's a shame that you can't shop or go to eat without having to come across large groups of teens using foul language and sporting gang colors. I give a big thumbs up to this mall. All of you people that are complaining are probably some of those parents that don't know where their kids are on in the evenings.

  • LBOE Hits Oct 3, 8:36 p.m.

    This is absolutely crazy. Under 18 can't be at the mall after 5 pm without a parent??? So teens, make sure you rush home from school to get to the mall before 5 pm on Friday!! When I was under 18, I went to the mall all the time after 5 pm...and guess what, no problems! Surprising huh. This has happened 1 time, then over reaction happens. If people want to act a fool, they'll do it regardless of what time it is.

  • wolff Oct 3, 6:42 p.m.

    I guess there will be a whole lot parents that need to find baby sitters now...

  • seeingthru Oct 3, 6:28 p.m.

    methinks this is a GOOD thing i sure don't want to be caught up in the middle of a gang fight-------where are the parents anyhow????? maybe it will help with parental responsibility.........

  • NE Raleigh Oct 3, 5:56 p.m.

    This curfew should be in effect all week long and include department stores. Next time the outbreak will be in a department store instead of the mall.

  • Spirit Warrior Woman - Rev. RB Oct 3, 5:54 p.m.

    CrazyWake - "...or what? kick a 12 year old to the curb?"

    A 12-year old shouldn't be in a mall without a grown up anyway. Ever heard of child abductions?

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Spirit Warrior Woman - Rev. RB Oct 3, 5:53 p.m.

    bigpink - "There's no reason for kids younger than 14 or so to be out alone in the evening, but a 5PM curfew for people old enough to drive is ridiculous."

    That's certainly true, but please consider this; now your daughter is probably much safer not going there.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

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