“At night, they could be hanging with the wrong crowd and end up in a lot of trouble,” warns a wise Baltimore girl.
The City of Baltimore is stepping in to do what too many parents won’t: keep kids off the street and safe this summer. In response to rampant lack of parental supervision and a recent stabbing during a mob teen riot that took hours for police to get under control, the city has reenacted a curfew for teens (11pm on weekdays/ midnight on weekends). Teens caught violating the city curfew will be taken to a “curfew center”, courtesy of the city’s taxpayers, where they will remain until their parents pick them up. While at the center, kids will be offered a (donated) box meal and parents will be required to meet with an on-site counselor when they come to pick up their children. Last summer, more than 1000 kids were brought to the center, many of them under the age of 13. While I commend the city and the taxpayers for protecting kids, and especially for holding their parents accountable, there’s simply no denying that even the best-intentioned government program is a poor substitute for good parenting. Even a kid knows that.