Teen Curfew For Another Town

A small town in southeastern North Carolina has imposed a curfew for those under age 18.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported that the Trenton Town Board of Commissioners has voted to keep those under 18 off the streets between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Mayor Gladys Meadows said people all over town had requested the action.

Jones County Sheriff John Hall says the ordinance should keep children out of trouble. Hall says some minors are out on the street almost around the clock.

Violators will be taken home. If a parent or guardian can't be found, the youngster will be turned over to the Jones County Department of Social Services.

There are exceptions for work, school or church functions, as well as those just traveling through town.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2009 at 04:29 PM
    I love how these parents come on this site and act like they never did anything in their lives. Look into their closet some of them have done so much it is not even funny.
  • by kid Location: virginia on Nov 19, 2009 at 03:26 PM
    alright im 15 and live here in virginia and i know about these parties where people have beer and other stuff sometimes i go sometimes i dont but we live in the country and we all are friends with the 5 police men of that area we dont cause trouble and never have no need for a curfew...im not a punk chris and dude that agrees with chris just looking for a good time in life like everyone else should be i go to church and other things play basketball at school and hang out with friends all day and night we have more fun in one night then yall stict punk adults will ever have and i should have fun before i have to get a real job and support a family i should be happy to tell my future kids what a grat time i had growing up in trouble or not....
  • by - Location: - on Oct 28, 2009 at 04:28 PM
    Woah. I do not appreciate all of these comments about those out at 11 or 12 at night being "punks" or "ignorant, careless, troublesome children". As a child myself, I know that many people want to just have fun, not hurt others or themselves. Let's think what laws are made for now--protecting the people. Sure, many kids are up to no good, but we have to remember that there is no absolutely true generalization. It is not right to punish all children because some are up to no good. Where are the carefree days of staying up late with friends WITHOUT being illegal. There has to be a line here. I am a good kid; why should I have to worry when I could be having a night of good, harmless fun?
  • by Agree with Chris Location: North Carolina on Mar 31, 2009 at 04:31 PM
    Right on, Chris! At least you have the guts to call it like it is! If children are out of the house for no apparent reason after 10:00 p.m., then they are up to no good. People who don't agree are probably up to no good as well.
  • by Me Location: NE North Carolina on Mar 31, 2009 at 03:33 PM
    I think all counties should have a teen curfew (under 18). If parents won't or unable to establish a curfew, then it is time the counties do it. After all, the schools feed most of these children because the parents have willingly or unwillingly reliqueshed their responsibility. We have to get a handle on these children!
  • by me Location: here on Mar 31, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    Chris, Why are you calling these kids a name for? Yes, I think it's a great Idea, but why are you calling people's children punks for? All kids should be in the house at 10:00 they have no business out roaming. If they work, that's a different story.
  • by me Location: grville on Mar 31, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    yeah unless u really enforce it u wasted time and money to put the law in place they r so many kids out on tenth street at 12 olock at night so where r those cops when u needthem somebody aint doing there jobgood luck with your officers in trenton maybe they listen to there chief
  • by The Po-Po on Mar 31, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    Enforcing a curfew is the least of our worries. "Bickering" parents are too, because well, we listen to everyone bicker about they were not speeding, I did not do this, etc.. Usually juveniles can be placed into juvenile detention and charges can be brought on the parents as well if it continues.
  • by momof3 Location: nc on Mar 31, 2009 at 06:09 AM
    Sounds good to me. Good luck with enforcing the law.Get ready for the Bickering parents.
  • by Glenda Location: Plymouth on Mar 31, 2009 at 05:48 AM
    Sound great, can we get one in Plymouth in Washington County too.
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