When's curfew? Can we get it back?

When's curfew? Can we get it back?

When I was growing up, I rarely stayed up late, but I knew what would happen when I did: Whether it was on the TV or radio, a spooky voice (to my young ears) would intone "It's 10 o'clock. Do you know where your children are?" That was so common that it appeared, almost stereotypically, in programs' plots at much earlier hours.

I was never out at 10 as a child. I would never have dreamed of asking to go out so late, even as a student.

Maybe that's it. I knew I'd have to ask.

Curfews strike me as a great idea when I hear stories of young children being out late at night or in the small hours of the morning. When I do hear the stories, it's generally because those children have been shot or otherwise assaulted.

I'm not trying to blame the victims, but I do wonder: What were they doing outside? Why weren't they at home?

We need to have policies that protect children -- and curfews seem to me to be a good place to start. If there is a curfew, let's make it more publicly known, as well as enforced. If there isn't a curfew, let's get one.

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  • Gesundheit.

    It's sort of like truant officers, i.e. are there enough of them when there are other priorities? However, with Emanuel talking about children being shot on their porches, I don't think lack of curfews is the primary problem. It's probably more like what was reported today--the cops know where the drug dealers are and the feds finally arrested some.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks, Jack, and gesundheit to you.
    As I understand curfews, even being out on the porch is breaking one. What a mess we're in to even have to consider that, eh?

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    If you are on your own family's porch, you aren't breaking curfew. The cops certainly don't have the authority to check bedrooms at 10:31. Some shots go through building walls, too.

    Curfew was basically a way to round up 16 year olds in cars, and there were enough exemptions for jobs, religious activities, etc. to make even that ineffective.

  • In reply to jack:

    OK, Jack, I respect your view. However, I think we might be better off with something ineffective than nothing at all.

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