'Where it's a crime to be a kid'

Erin Friedman writes a brief, brilliant piece today about last night's Redding City Council vote to impose a daytime curfew. Must read!


  1. As the chief and others noted last night, the police presently have the authority to stop and question any young person who's out and about during school hours, and to haul them to school.

    This ordinance in no way changes that authority. Indeed, it's so strictly limited and loopholed I can't imagine it will get much use.

    The city councilors all agreed that they had no interest in generally hassling kids. Nor do the city police have the time or inclination do so. The council asked for a review in six months to see how the ordinance is being used and if there are any complaints.

    Erin has the great suggestion that the schools should offer better programs to hook kids, but she also has the home-school parent's extreme allergy to authority.

  2. Look at the bright side. Maybe such a curfew would allow the cops to pick up that big, twitchy, tweaker A-hole s.o.b. before he attacks somebody else.

  3. Excuse me? I have the same "extreme allergy to authority" and my kids attend public school. A healthy skepticism of authority is a sign of intelligence and a requirement anymore for anybody not in a coma. She also has the courage to attach her name to her viewpoint.

  4. Tim, that guy was your age. And if that was supposed to be funny, it missed. By a long shot.

  5. Good for both of you. That allergy is a sign of a healthy immune system.

    But this anonymous coward still thinks y'all are over-reacting.

    On the other hand, thanks to Erin's and others' efforts, the city amended the ordinance to ensure home-schoolers have the right to do their thing. Good on them for speaking up early.

  6. No humor intended, Kelly. I've seen what one of your commenters called "gangbanger wannabes" hanging out all over town and they're usually kids. If this guy was my age, maybe there ought to be a curfew for guys my age.

  7. I think there only should be a curfew for anyone who wears a cowboy hat and goes by the name Tim Hearden.

  8. In the United States, many states provide for the appointment of local truancy officers who have the power to arrest habitually truant youths and bring them to their parents or to the school they are supposed to attend. It is an office which, where it exists, is often held by a person also a constable or sheriff. However, the position of a full-time truancy officer is generally viewed as being a relic from the 19th century when mandatory school attendance was relatively new. Truancy regulations today are generally enforced by school officials under the context of parental responsibility.

  9. Talk about "allergies to authority," I STILL have problems with school administrators.

    As a youth, in a long ago and distant era, I was known to cut a class or two. OK, I basically ditched grades 7-12.

    I considered such "walkabouts" a part of my education and an exercise of my personal liberty. Of course, I was one of those dweebs who cut class to go to the library. But, I can assure you, no city ordinance would have bothered me. I was already a "Wanted Truant," what furthur social stigma would have mattered?

    It doesn't sound like much, but it's these little "daytime curfews" that whittle away at our basic freedoms until we've sacrificed our liberty for some imaginary thing called "security."

    Authority should always be questioned, if not downright ignored. But then, I'm a former truant, so what do I know?