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Kids need curfews to keep them safe

I support Councilman Brandon Scott in his efforts to enforce curfews ("City officials consider earlier youth curfew," Sept. 9).

I am the parent of a teenager, and my son seldom arrives home before curfew, claiming that it's "boring" in the house. But I would rather a police officer bring him home safely than have the homicide detectives come notify me that my child has been murdered.

On Aug. 2 of this year I awoke at 6 a.m. to the sound of my doorbell. Two homicide detectives were standing there to advise me that my 21-year-old son, Jamal Godsey, had been found murdered. He was Baltimore's 137th homicide victim.

Jamal was an adult, and this curfew wouldn't apply to him. But it would apply to his 16-year-old brother. I had a curfew as a child, my children had curfews, and all children, especially today, need curfews.

The only question I have is, what are the fines for parents whose children are caught after curfew going to support, and why are they so high in a city that overtaxes the poor and gives multimillion-dollar tax breaks to major corporations?

Councilman Scott's proposal answers the adage: "If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem." Thank you, Councilman Scott, for trying to find a solution.

Judy Godsey, Baltimore

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