Clayton teens may get curfew

CLAYTON The Youth Protection Ordinance would impose a curfew for teenagers age 16 and under.

The new law would allow police to detain teens who are out between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. on the weekdays.

The curfew would be an hour later during the weekends from midnight until 6 a.m.

Some malls and movie theaters in North Carolina have curfews for teens. The most recent one was set at the Triangle Town Center in Raleigh last year after a gang-related fight.

The new rules were met with mixed reaction.

"I personally think it's smart," 12-year-old shopper Lyndsey Starrett told Eyewitness News last year.

"I think it's crazy!" exclaimed 15-year-old shopper Gerardo Sanchez.

Towns have taken up the issue as well. Knightdale adopted a teen curfew in 2005 and say it has kept children out of trouble and cut down on graffiti.

"Unfortunately, many parents weren't taking responsibility for their children, and it's sad that the council had to do that for them but it has worked," Knightdale curfew supporter Sherri Schultheiss said.

Clayton's proposed curfew -if approved- would subject parents to a $100 fine if their child violates the rule.

Children who are with their parents or guardians would not be subject to the rule and the same goes for teens that are working, going to or from school, attending a religious event or participating in a sport that is supervised by adults.

The town council have not yet set a time to vote on the idea.

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