Unstoppable youths likely to disregard curfew
The Kansas City Star
Like swimming pools opening on Memorial Day for the start of summer, Kansas City also will begin its 9 p.m. curfew for youths in the city’s entertainment districts.
The Country Club Plaza. Westport, the Power & Light District, 18th and Vine, the Central Business District and Zona Rosa are supposed to be off limits to youths unaccompanied by an adult.
Good luck with that.
The city is asking parents to keep kids at home despite the young people mewing to be let out to have “fun.” Teens and preteens will find a way to break free, and in many cases, parents who want to be shed of them, will drop them off just as they always have in places where adults go to have fun.
Kansas City police will become the baby sitters now that school is out earlier than normal. A few stinging tickets with fines of up to $500 may help curb some of the youthful enthusiasm to hang out in fun places and parents’ eagerness to get rid of the kids.
But only time will tell whether the curfew is the cure to this perennial problem.