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2/29/2012 11:20:40 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Missouri--Urgent Action Needed to Stop Kansas City Daytime Curfew

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Missouri--Urgent Action Needed to Stop Kansas City Daytime Curfew

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Your help is urgently needed to block an effort in Kansas City, MO, to
pass an ordinance that would make it a crime for young people to be in
a public place during public school hours.

The city council's Public Safety Committee may vote on the ordinance
at 10:30 this morning. If they vote in favor, the full city council
could vote on the bill on early as tomorrow. Time is short! All
members of the city council need to hear about your opposition.

Daytime curfews do not accomplish what the proponents claim. They
have a disproportionate impact on homeschool families because we allow
our children free time while public schools are in session.

Homeschoolers have been harassed and made fearful by policemen who
treat them like suspected criminals for doing nothing more than being
in public.


1. If you live in Kansas City, please stand up for freedom by
immediately calling the city council members listed below to express
your opposition to the daytime curfew. Your message can be as simple
as: "Please vote NO on ordinance 120180, daytime curfews. It will
reduce freedom, but it will not reduce crime." Or you can express your
opposition in your own words.

2. If your last name begins with A through H, call those numbered 1-4
below. If your last name starts with I through P, call those numbered
5-9 below. If your last name starts with Q-Z, call those numbered
10-13 below.

3. Please pass this on to other families, as well!


1. James, Jr., Sylvester Chair, Mayor

2. Wagner, Scott

3. Davis, Dick

4. Ford, Ed

5. Johnson, Russ

6. Curls, Melba

7. Reed, Jermaine

8. Glover, Jim

9. Marcason, Jan

10. Circo, Cindy

11. Brooks, Michael

12. Taylor, Scott

13. Sharp, John


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

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
proved 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.

5. The ordinance pressures homeschool families to follow the public
school schedule. Those who dismiss their kids while public schools
are in session could face harassment.

6. HSLDA and Families for Home Education are united in opposing this

Thank you for standing with us for freedom in Missouri!


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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