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Fighting Daytime Curfews

Amherst is the latest Ohio city to consider enacting a daytime curfew ordinance. Like the curfew that was instituted in Euclid earlier this year, Amherst’s ordinance would prohibit any child between ages 6 and 18 from being in public between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on days when the Amherst Public Schools are in session, unless the child is accompanied by an adult, on an emergency errand, en route to his or her place of employment, or carrying written proof that he or she is allowed to be in public.

Daytime curfews undermine American liberty, making it a crime to be a child in a public place. With a curfew in effect, children can be taken to the local police station to verify who they are and that they have a valid excuse to be in a public place. Parents have less freedom to send their 15-year-old daughter to pick up some groceries or let their 16-year-old son go to music lessons across town.

Fortunately, Ohio homeschoolers still believe in fighting for freedom! When Home School Legal Defense Association warns families of curfew threats, homeschoolers turn out in force. When city officials have to explain these un-American ordinances to concerned citizens, they vote them down. By working hard and working together, we can preserve the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.

—by Scott W. Somerville