Persuasive Essay; Enforced Curfew For Teenagers

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Should a teenager be a criminal because he/she has stayed out past “curfew”? Many cities have issued curfews for teenagers. They claim that enforcing these curfews will lower the youth crime rate. However, these curfews violate constitutional rights. Teenagers should not have curfews that a city has imposed. They should only follow the rules that their families have given them. My parents let me stay out until 12:00AM or 1:00AM if they know where I am and then I need to come home. But if there were a city curfew for 11:00PM, then when I was driving home I would be breaking the law because I would be out past curfew. I think it is a parent’s decision to tell me what time I need to be home. When a curfew law is enforced it takes away the parents responsibility for their children. It also violates a parent’s constitutional right to privacy because teenager curfews are a family matter. Cities enforcing curfews for teenagers also violate their constitutional rights. Even though teenagers are minors they still have constitutional rights. Curfew laws violate the First Amendment, which is protection of freedom of speech and association. They also violate “equal protection” under the Fifth Amendment as well as “unreasonable searches and due process” under the Fourth Amendment. Innocent teenagers are turned into criminals and people start to think all teenagers are bad. Police will be spending too much time tracking down teenagers past curfew instead of real criminals. In conclusion, curfew laws violate basic constitutional rights of teenagers. This is discrimination because it punishes teenagers just for being young. It also takes away a family’s responsibility for their own children. Are your children

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