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3/13/2012 4:01:07 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
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 presence is urgently needed tomorrow morning 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.
If you live in Kansas City, or ever plan to visit there with your
children, we need your help!

The city council's Public Safety Committee is expected to vote on a
daytime curfew ordinance tomorrow, Wednesday, at 10:30.

Daytime curfews never live up to their promises. And they hurt
homeschool families more than others because we allow our children
free time while public schools are in session.

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


If you live in Kansas City--or ever plan to visit there with
children--please stand up for freedom by attending the meeting
tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. A big crowd will send a powerful message about

Parking is challenging. Leave plenty of time to find a parking space.
Consider carpooling with friends.

This is not a good setting for small children who need a diaper bag or
stroller. Be courteous and polite at all times. You may feel angry
or outraged about this threat to freedom--but it's very important to
express yourself with self control.

The meeting will take place on the 26th floor of City Hall, 414 East
12th St., Kansas City, MO. No knives, pepper spray, etc., may be
brought into the building.


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 Senior Counsel

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