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ACLU, Knightdale Residents To Discuss Teen Curfew

Posted July 28, 2005 6:00 a.m. EDT

— Many teens have said Knightdale's 9 p.m. curfew stomps on their rights to have fun. Now, the American Civil Liberties claims the curfew may be violating their civil rights.

According to the ordinance, parents could face fines if their children who are 18 and younger are caught out after 9 p.m. or if they are caught congregating in groups of four or more.

Some teens and parents think the curfew is unfair while others feel it is necessary to protect the community.

"When we're playing basketball over there, everybody's like yo, yo, you, it's 9 o'clock. Let's head home. Running home because it's 9:02, it's crazy," said 14-year-old D.J. Credle.

"The ordinance is designed for youth protection, and it's also designed to make the parents more involved in knowing where their children are," said Skip Blaylock, director of public safety.

The ACLU of North Carolina thinks the ordinance may be unconstitutional. ACLU officials are hosting a community forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at Knightdale's East Regional Library. The group wants to open the discussion to teens and parents and hear their concerns.