Conservatives Parents Stop Daytime Curfew, Why?
- Sunday, July 24, 2005
I'm dumbfounded on this issue in Roseville...
Roseville has placed their "Daytime Curfew" on hold, as numerous parents complained that such a cit ordinance would be a violation of their children's Constitutional Rights.
The curfew that was passed last month, affords the Roseville Police Department to approach any 'minor' in public, during regular school hours, and ask them to 'prove' that they permission, they are not in violation, or that they are home schooled, or attend a private school system in the city. If not, they were to be fined $25 for the first violation, $50 for the second, and $100 for the third.
I'm sure if they desired to contest the 'ticket', they could appear in court with evidence to remove the fine, and the violation from the records.
Numerous 'conservative' members protested this ordinance on grounds that it violates the student's Constitutional Rights, here is the article today in the Sacramento Bee. What follows are some quotes from the report:
Several parents and students spoke against the daytime curfew at Wednesday's meeting. Among the speakers was Karen England, program director of the Capital Resource Institute, a statewide pro-family public policy group.
"I was very surprised and kind of shocked that Roseville would be doing this," said England, who ran unsuccessfully last year for the Roseville Joint Union High School District board of trustees.
She argued that the proposed ordinance's vague definition of school hours placed the burden of proof on children.
"My daughter's soccer team has four different private schools plus several public schools with totally different schedules," England said. "Do you know what hours my minor is in school?...Are you going to cite her just because you couldn't get a hold of me?"
Another mother stated:
"I had to explain to them that we may no longer have the freedom to go to a grocery store at 2 p.m., because it's going to be assumed we're guilty," she said. "As a citizen of this country, I urge you not to pass this." Boyum said there are numerous studies that show curfews do not curb juvenile crime.
"We don't have a stack of reports that say daytime curfews help," she said. "If we don't have proof, why risk our constitutional rights? ... I want my children to enjoy the freedoms that lots of people have fought for and died for over the years."
How many mature Constitutional Rights do "minors" have? Do they have the same number as adults - those over the age of 18, or better yet, the age of 21?
Do they have the right to engage in a sexual relationship with an adult? Don't we have a law called statutory rape for such a crime?
As conservative parents, do we desire our children to have full mature rights, as minors; for such liberties as condoms, or IUD's on campus? Do we desire them to have the right to an abortion without parental consent, or respectful communication and information?
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