MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE – JULY 26: David Jamison, “The Dope Educator”, cheers on his students during an impromptu line dance at the unveiling of the new GAP billboard featuring the students at Hickory Ridge Elementary School on July 26, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Greg Campbell/Getty Images for Gap)
Youth enforcement efforts that were instituted in Baltimore will soon end.
According to CBS News Baltimore, a curfew for young people in Baltimore that went into effect right before the Memorial Day weekend will no longer be enforced. The curfew was an attempt to curb youth violence in the city.
In April, a shooting at Inner Harbor prompted Mayor Brandon Scott to enforce the curfew. Two teenagers were injured in that incident.
The children would be encouraged by non-law enforcement staff to go home and given the chance to get in contact with a parent or guardian before being taken to an engagement center.
“The curfew itself is in effect all year,” Mayor Scott said after a 12-year-old boy was shot near a high school football field.
“It’s different in the school year than it is in the summertime. What’s different is the robust actions that we take, but we’re always going to be doing curfew. It’s just different in the school year than in the summertime.”
Baltimore teenagers said the concept behind the curfew was nice but lacked weight. Parents have stated that the city should find other ways to engage the youth of the city.
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Source: Black Enterprise