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Laurel cops will rein in kids if parents won't

With school out for the summer, the city of Laurel is enforcing an old curfew ordinance to keep the young'uns out of trouble.

Mayor Melvin Mack says he's "amazed" how many 10- to 13-year-old kids he sees roaming the streets in the wee hours of the night, and many of their parents don't have a clue what's going on.

"It's a lot of little small kids going out writing graffiti on the wall downtown," he says. "They're writing graffiti over all the parks, over people's cars, robbing people's cars. We just need to do something about it before it gets out of hand."

He says the curfew is necessary, even though some folks might get upset.

"If I can make a few parents angry and save a young kid's life or keep him from going to jail or putting something on his record for the rest of his life, it's worth the parent's getting angry."

Mack says children under the age of 18 must be home before 10 pm on weeknights and no later than 12:01 am on weekends.  Violators will be taken to jail and their parents will be held accountable for their actions.

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