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3/10/2010 11:14:34 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Mt. Vernon Undermines Personal Freedom with Daytime Curfew

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Illinois--Mt. Vernon Undermines Personal Freedom with Daytime Curfew

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Mt. Vernon, Illinois, adopted a daytime curfew before the homeschool
community was aware of it. Until the curfew is repealed, the following
information may be helpful.

Subsection 3(6) of the ordinance exempts homeschoolers from the
daytime curfew. Unfortunately, this may not prevent your child from
being accosted by a police officer or truant officer. Parents should
read the ordinance (called the "truancy curfew ordinance") and discuss
with their children an appropriate way to respond if they are
questioned. Ideally, if a child is questioned and says, "I'm exempt.
I'm homeschooled," that should be the end of it.

However, we all know that while most police officers are courteous and
respectful of individual rights, a few are not. It is difficult to
predict what might happen if a police officer refuses to accept a
child's honest and straightforward explanation.

Keep the HSLDA phone number close at hand so you can call for quick
guidance if needed. In fact, put the HSLDA number on a speed dial on
your child's cell phone, if they have one, so we can provide input at
the very earliest possible moment if needed.

The right to move about freely is one of the most fundamental
freedoms. As children grow, wise parents will guide them to treasure
this right--a part of their heritage as citizens--and how to enjoy it
responsibly, joyfully and fully. Your children should not be
frightened into seclusion by Mt. Vernon's swipe at individual rights.

HSLDA has filed suit against a California city because of what we
believe is an unconstitutional enforcement of a daytime curfew. We
will continue to watch for other localities that violate individual
freedoms under the guise of a daytime curfew.

Here is a link to the ordinance, section 12.20
http://www.mtvernon.com/ARTICLE%2012.pdf

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
Senior Counsel

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