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Rocky Mount considers youth curfew

Posted September 29, 2008

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— The City Council held a public hearing on a proposed youth curfew at a meeting Monday night.

Police Chief John Manley presented the proposed ordinance, and about 10 residents commented on it, said Megan Hanks, Rocky Mount's public affairs manager.

The curfew would make it illegal for anyone 16 years old or younger to be on the streets from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weeknights. On weekends, the curfew would be midnight to 6 a.m.

Officers would bring teens home and, in cases of repeat offenders, have the right to bill parents for their time. Exceptions would be made for teens working or participating in certain activities.

Earlier, Manley told WRAL News the curfew was necessary to curb rising and increasingly violent youth crime.

The City Council will take up the ordinance again at its meeting on Oct. 6.

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  • sunshine1224 Oct 3, 2008

    THEY ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK,,BUT ALSO START WITH THE PARENTS WHO ARE LETTING THESE KIDS 16 AND YOUNGER HANG OUT AT THE MALL AND WALMART. IVE BEEN TO OTHER WALMARTS AND THERE ARENT ANY KIDS HANGING OUT THERE ALL SORTS OF TIMES OF THE NIGHT. I TRY NOT TO EVEN GO OUT THERE AT NITE OR EVEN ON THE WEEKENDS. YOU HAVE TO WATCH UR BACK THE ENTIRE TIME YOU ARE THERE AND THE KIDS ARE SO RUDE AND VERY DISRESPECTFUL..I HOPE THEY COME UP WITH SUMTHING.

  • TheAdmiral Sep 30, 2008

    I think it was tried before and failed. SO what is the next solution?

  • Its me again Sep 30, 2008

    Let's see we've given up supervision of our kids to the state,(Smart Start)thrown out God from schools,courts,and anywhere else we can(a teacher I know at Nash Central was fobidden to discuss religon in class.A Christian wishing to discus Islam.How evil is that).Obama wants to increase funding for early child developement.people in our govt.want now to take over banking,after their regulations forced banks to make unwise loans in the name of affordable housing.We just want the govt.to do it all.Now we are allowing them to supervise our teenage kids with no punishment(take them home what a joke!)
    All this may look good to some on paper but until we turn and discover our former values ie.personal and family responsibility,respect for each other,authority and govt.We will continue to slide down a slope to self desturction.This country was founded on Judao-Christan principles and for many years,though bumpy sometimes,was headed in the right direction.We've taken a turn,like it?

  • hdsoftail Sep 30, 2008

    I would think owners of the mall and walmart would do something about these hangouts walking around there looking for trouble. When I do go to these places I carry, since I have a concealed carry permit.

  • Hip-Shot Sep 30, 2008

    A curfew is a start, but a lot of the criminal activity is from kids over 16. WalMart's parking lot and store itself is full of gang wannabe's at night on weekends and nothing seems to be done about it. most of these appear to be 17-21 years old. I was at that store at 10 o'clock on Friday and was afraid I was being followed to my vehicle. My wife refuses to go there due to the thugs.

  • sweetjess14 Sep 30, 2008

    I am 21 now but when I was in highschool I had MANY restrictions. I couldnt ride in the car with anyone unless my mom met and talked to the driver. I couldnt go to parties without my mom talking to a parent. I couldnt stay the night at someone's house without my mom talking to their parent, even if it was one of my best friends and my mom knew the parent well. I always thought it was unfair but now that I am older I appreciate her doing that and will carry that on with my children.

    Highschool CHILDREN have no reason to be out past 9pm on a WEEKNIGHT!! I went to be at 830/9pm everynight when I was in highschool. 6am came early for school!!

  • pam2 Sep 30, 2008

    The Rocky Mount Mall needs to have a NO LOITERING sign when you come in the mall. There are hoodlums smoking sitting all outside the front of the mall and making comments about people when they are entering or exiting the mall. Curfew should be by 9 on weekdays and by 11 on weekends and no hanging out on the outside of the malls and Wal-Mart. It is nothing but trouble waiting to happen. We used to go to the mall and walk around and act like we had some sense...well we knew better than to misbehave because we were punished if we didn't. That is what is wrong with our society today. Children do not fear there parents and do not fear the police. They have NO respect for themselves much less authority.

  • brassy Sep 30, 2008

    Curfews are just plain silly. How can it be illegal to go outside your house? Big Brother is watching.

  • wp Sep 30, 2008

    It needs to be earlier than 11 and midnight!

  • Gab Sep 30, 2008

    The city will have to establish a taxpayer funded program to help poor parents pay the fines. Most of the youths targeted probably come from poor families.

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