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8/22/2008 3:26:54 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Missouri--Grain Valley Daytime Curfew Faces Final Vote

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August 22, 2008

Missouri--Grain Valley Daytime Curfew Faces Final Vote

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Your help is needed Monday when the Grain Valley daytime curfew
ordinance will come up for a final vote.

Homeschoolers in Grain Valley already have taken a stand against the
proposed ordinance. Homeschoolers opposed to the curfew spoke out at
an earlier meeting of the Board of Aldermen and appeared in protest at
an August 18 workshop.

However, this measure is still under consideration, and your action is
still urgently needed to make sure it is defeated. The proposed
daytime curfew is up for a final vote 7 p.m., Monday, August 25. We
need homeschoolers and other supporters to come to the meeting and
voice their opposition.

ACTION REQUESTED

If you live in Grain Valley, please stand up for freedom by attending
the meeting Monday, August 25, and show that you oppose the ordinance.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Grain Valley City Hall at
711 Main St. Please contact other families and ask them to come to the
meeting, as well!

BACKGROUND:

1. Daytime curfews do not deter juvenile crime.

A recent California study compared the juvenile crime rates of
counties that enforced curfew ordinances and counties that did not.
The crime rates were the same. The curfews had no effect on juvenile
crime.

2. Daytime curfews allow searches without probable cause.

The Fourth Amendment forbids any investigation of a citizen without a
"probable cause." The proposed ordinance allows policemen to stop and
interrogate a person merely because he looks young enough to be
violating the curfew. It is an invitation to harass homeschool
families.

3. Daytime curfews assume a person is guilty until proven innocent.

In several incidents where homeschool students were stopped by police,
they had done nothing to arouse suspicion. There was no evidence they
had committed a crime or intended to. Nonetheless, the police
interrogated them and treated them like criminals until they had
proven their innocence.

4. The ordinance allows some exceptions. Unfortunately, the only way
for a policeman to determine if an exception applies is to stop and
interrogate the frightened young person. By then the damage has
already been done. The child may be afraid to go outdoors again. The
right to homeschool includes the right to be free from
fear--especially for young people, who are most vulnerable to feelings
of fear.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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