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12/1/2010 3:25:29 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Ohio--Mentor Proposes Daytime Curfew

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Ohio--Mentor Proposes Daytime Curfew

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

HSLDA has discovered through several news reports that the city of
Mentor was considering a daytime curfew ordinance for children ages 6
through 17. We contacted the City Council and learned that the curfew
has been removed from their agenda, but we wanted to make you aware of
it. You can read a Fox 8 News article on the curfew here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9755 .

If passed, this legislation would undermine the freedom and liberty we
enjoy in the United States. Your children could 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. Any person who violates the ordinance
could be found guilty of a misdemeanor. You would have less freedom
to send your 15-year-old daughter to pick up some groceries or let
your 16-year-old son go to music lessons across town.

HSLDA will continue to monitor the status of the ordinance and keep
you informed.

BACKGROUND

This problem is more than hypothetical. Even when exceptions for
homeschoolers are written into the curfew law, police officers
frequently presume that any school-age child is truant, regardless of
whether they are homeschooled.

For more information on daytime curfews, see our analysis of this
issue at: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9756 .

An extensive study by the National Center for School Engagement has
found that daytime curfews are ineffective, and may even be
counter-productive, when dealing with truancy in public schools. To
see the 230-page study use the following link:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9757 .

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Standing with you,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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