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Hurlock Considers Curfew

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 HURLOCK, Md.- The last business in Hurlock closes around 11:00 at night.  Now city officials want to make sure children are home safely by then.

Hurlock has had issues in the past with kids getting into trouble, knocking on doors late at night, vandalism, and causing a ruckus.  Many people in the town, like Jacob Wroten, say they support a proposal to implement a curfew.

"After ten o'clock or eleven o'clock on weekends, kids don't really need to be out on the streets.  They need to be doing homework.  After that point anyway they are just going to be getting in trouble because there's nothing good to to at night." said Wroten.

The proposal, as it stands now, would implement a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Steve Disharoon, owner of the Hurlock drug store, says he's all for it as long as the punishments aren't too severe.

"Couldn't hurt to have a curfew, as long as it's reasonable.  And I think it would be if it were implemented." said Disharoon.

But not everyone thinks the city should be chasing after kids at night.  Bernese Todd, who visits the town often, says parents should be responsible for their own children.

"I think kids should have curfews, but they should be set and enforced by their parents and not the town.  That's ideal, I realize, but that's what I think." said Todd

But some are already calling for it to spread to other towns in the area.

"Cuts down on crime, cut down on everything.  Kids don't need to be out here this late.  They should be at home getting rest for school the next day." says Cynthia Fisher of Hurlock.

But before this idea spreads to other towns, it first needs to be decided if Hurlock adopts it at all.

WBOC also spoke with the man behind this whole idea, Charles Cephas, who says this will be discussed again on August 25th before their city council meeting at 5 p.m.  He does say that this wouldn't be implemented for at least a month.


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