Poll: Whadya Think About City's Daytime Curfew?
Step- or any families:
Dallas is getting a lot of heat from the ACLU & from parents about the new "daytime curfew", which says that any unaccompanied child who is in public between something like 9 AM & 2 PM on a school day is in violation of the law & can be arrested by a police officer.
Kids who are with a parent or guardian are not subject to the curfew.
The city & the school district say that they expect it to reduce the truancy rate by at least 25%, maybe as much as 45%, & to reduce malicious mischief, vandalism, etc as well.
Opponents say it makes criminals of children & will tie up police time that could be spent investigating or preventing crime;
the ACLU says it's a violation of children's rights.
I don't know what to think-
I'm all in favor of civil rights...
but does the curfew violate civil rights, or does it help keep kids in school & out of trouble (& out of other people's homes & cars!)