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Curfews Don't Work Essay

1031 words - 5 pages

Strict rules create rebellious teens. Many people think that curfews are a fundamental way to keeping teens out of trouble, but this is not the case. Curfews are neither applicable, justified, nor are they a way to diminish criminal activities committed by adolescents. Curfews are ultimately useless because there are too many reasons that contradict why a curfew would work.
Curfew advocates may argue that it is important to monitor your child and have them follow a strict schedule, but due to a teen’s rapidly changing day it is almost impossible to determine an accurate schedule that a teen can follow on a strict basis. Between athletics, homework, work, and the necessary social activities an average student participates in, causes there to be too little time in the day. According to the National Education Association, 12th grade students should spend about two hours of their night on homework every night. Student athletes spend about three hours a day between practice and working out (Thompson). Many students experience more than two hours of homework because they are taking more rigorous classes than other students. With some students having more than two hours of homework and at least three hours of athletics, not only is it strenuous on the student but it is also forcing them to do their homework later into the night. If a student lacks the necessary requirements to complete the assignment then they may need to stay out later than curfew would allow them. Although, school work is an acceptable reason if it is occurring too often then it could result in the parents’ misconception that the child is lying. Not only do curfews struggle to apply to teens, but they are also discriminating against teens.
Throughout history there have been examples of discrimination against teens. According to McClain, Kansas City police and officials recently implemented a curfew for minors; this curfew restricts teenagers the rights that their more elderly counterparts are able to take part in. The curfew refuses teens the right to dine, watch movies, talk with friend, or walk around the plaza after 9 p.m. The curfew was implemented due to a shooting that occurred involving a number of teenagers. This article informs the reader that not only are teens having the freedoms that other people are able to enjoy taken away, but they are also being discriminated against because of their age. These restrictions are not only discriminative, but they’re unconstitutional. The 14th amendment to the constitution has a clause, called the Equal Protection Clause. The Equal Protection Clause states, “The constitutional guarantee that no person or class of persons shall be denied the same protection of the laws that is enjoyed by other persons or other classes in like circumstances in their lives, liberty, property, and pursuit of happiness” ( This clause was originally created to help newly freed slave, but has also helped women to rise above...

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