A citizens group in Waco, Texas, vowed to do everything it can to block plans for a daytime curfew for juveniles. Wacoans Against the Curfew Ordinance has hired legal counsel to assist in its battle and is circulating a petition against the measure. Deborah Korpi, leader of the group and president of the Waco Eagle Forum, said Wacoans Against the Curfew Ordinance would file suit against the city if the measure passes. “Some in our group have legal organizations and have fought curfew issues all across the country,” she said. “They are on call to come to our aid if and when we need them.” The measure would impose a $500 fine per violation on parents whose students under the age of 17 are caught in public places between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on regular school days.Whaddya think about that? It's nice to hear of somebody standing up to oppose overcriminalization and piling criminal penalties on often troubled families.
Ticketing parents for truancy by their children makes little sense, and not just because of the dilemmas faced by home-schooled kids, which is the main reason for Eagle Forum's concern. A rebellious teen who wants to lash out at their parents might see that as a reason for more truancy! Besides, if the parent could control their kid with their say so, they likely wouldn't be truant in the first place! Have these city council members never raised teenagers?! Juvenile laws should support parents, not punish them in the face of futility. Go get 'em, Eagle Forum!