There are many laws passed in today's society that have a foundation for protecting our youth. Of course, many of these laws are a target for controversy, but one these laws seems to have found itself at the top of the list. This law, in many peoples opinion, is a direct violation of our rights as American citizens. Some believe that this is a gateway law that gives the government the ability to become even more overbearing and suppressing to society in general. However, there are also people that feel that this law is vital to the well being of our communities. The law that I speak of is called a curfew law. It provides a community with the power to regulate what time minors have to be off the streets and in their homes. There is no individual reason that provides a firm foundation for the passing of this law, but rather complaints by citizens that choose Claremore's youth to be a scapegoat for this city's problems. Unfortunately, I've been under this law's jurisdiction myself because it came into affect just after I became a teenager. Therefore I've been on both sides of the fence and I'm here to say that I do not agree with this law because it is violates my rights, it gives the police more grounds to do what they want despite what people might expect and it causes Claremore's youth to go some places that are a lot more dangerous than their home town just so they can hang out with their friends. I mind you, I am now nineteen years of age and a two- year escapee from the penitentiary this law confines teenagers in.
We know you (our parents and other adults in Claremore that agree with the curfew law) didn't grow up in the same conditions we have to grow up in, but this is what we've been raised in. We know what to expect when we go out at night. We know what kind of people and dangers that are out there. If you are worried that we are going to cause trouble then you must not trust us very much. I know that there are kids out there that do...
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