It is unfair and prejudiced that anyone under the age of 16 is not allowed to be in the city between pm and am unless they are under the effective control of a parent or responsible person over the age of 18. To be honest, it is ridiculous! What is even more ridiculous is that those found breaking it could be fined up to E,500 or even receive a custodial sentence (l don’t know anyone under the age of 16 with that amount of money! ) Ouch! Personally, I think hat ‘Loitering’ is actually quite a useful part of growing up.Teenagers hanging around are often learning important lessons about getting on with one another, I used to be very shy when growing up, but now I am bubbly, friendly and easy to get along with – this was down to ‘loitering, would I have been punished? In a survey taken in my area 62% of teenagers agreed that spending time with their friends has aided them in life lessons and skills.
.. Only 9% of the 1000 teenagers who were asked his question have ever been involved in a crime.If the older residents of Bangor took the time to get to know and to include teenagers or even took the time to create a local youth club, the teenagers would be occupied and have no reason Waste time’, I understand that Bangor is a small city but if there is nothing for teenagers to do with their time, what option do they have other than to waste it? They should be given a choice – if they fail to make the right choice and want to smoke weed or commit rimming offenses then the individuals making this choice should be punished, not everyone under the age of 16!I can’t think off better way of crystallizing and alienating young people, not to mention screwing up what should be the best years of their lives than putting them all under house arrest. They are being punished for a young person myself I feel the government is blind to see that this curfew will make the teenagers even worse… Now the teenagers will be committing an offense; the offense of breaking the curfew.
If a curfew was to be put in place in the town where I am from, it would mean there would be more isolation than there already is and my area is hardly party central (it can seem like a university library during exam season at times) Fun? No. In the article Elli touched upon a quote from Commissioner Keith Towels where he mentions that ‘it demotions under ass’. That is my point exactly. Growing up is about learning the difference between right and wrong. Teenagers should be given a chance to live.
Kind regards, Rockwell Baffler