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10/12/2012 2:29:58 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
Missouri--Action Needed to Stop Hollister Daytime Curfew

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Missouri--Action Needed to Stop Hollister Daytime Curfew

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

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

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. Daytime curfews often give rise to litigation.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. If you live in Hollister please stand up for freedom by immediately
calling the two aldermen for your ward and the mayor (contact
information is listed below) to express your opposition to the daytime
curfew proposal. If you ever plan to visit Hollister, call any
alderman. Your message can be as simple as:

"Please oppose the daytime curfew. It will reduce freedom, but it
will not reduce crime." Or you can express your opposition in your own
words.

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

CONTACT INFORMATION

Alderman Ward I, David Honey
161 Trent St, Point Lookout, 65672
417 230-4340

Alderman Ward I, Jim Davidson
PO Box 1876, Hollister, 65673
417 334-9002

Alderman Ward II, Phil Carman
363 Greenbriar Lane, Hollister, 65672
417 942-0887

Alderman Ward II, David Willard
406 Knox Ave., Hollister, 65672
417 336-5925

Mayor David Tate
155 Jones St., Hollister, 65673
417 335-2364

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.

After the city of Belvidere, Illinois, enacted a daytime curfew in
1996, chronic truancy surged by an astonishing 72% over the next 10
years.

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
proved their innocence.

4. The ordinance allows some exceptions, including an exception for
homeschooled children who are in a public place with parental
permission. 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 Hollister City Council discussed a draft version of a daytime
curfew on October 4.

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

Thank you for standing with us for freedom in Missouri!

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
Senior Counsel, HSLDA

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