Councilwoman Willie Hardy introuduced a resolution recently calling for a city referendum in a curfew. It would require city residents under 18 to be off the streets from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on school nights. Exceptions would be made for those persons going to or from work or those who are part of an activity sponsored by a "bana fide" organization. Washington Post Staff writer Sharon Conway and staff photographer Margaret Thomas went to Wilson High School to ask students and the principal how they felt about the possible curfew.
Kutcha Hardy, 16: "I'm old enough to take care of myself.I have to go places after school and if they pass it I won't be able to go. It shouldn't be passed."
Wilson High School Principal Maurice A. Jackson, 60: "I don't see how you'd enforce it. You can't stop everyone and ask them how old they are. There is a valid concern, how do you keep young people off the streets. But you must encourage the parents to be responsible, you can't legislate it."
Vandy Jamison, 16: "I don't think it's necessary. If you can't be responsible for yourself now, when do you think you will be. It will interrupt all our social life which is important for a young person."
Kathy Paxson, 16: "It is the parents responsibility to do this. They can't enforce it because there are too many other kids who come into the District from Maryland and Virginia. Anyone can say they are from work - they can say anything."
Eartha Prince, 17: "It is unreasonable and unfair. Adults have no right to put a lock and key on us. People over 18 are committing crimes too. But I guess we are still children under the eyes of the law."
Julianne Roberston, 17: "I think it's unfair. There are mature people under the age 18 and I think a curfew rejects that maturity. People who know what they're about don't need a curfew."
Heidi Sutch, 16: "I don't like the idea. I like going places after night games, to restaurants with friends. It interferes with concerts that are on school nights. They won't be able to enforce it."
Brenda Walker, 16: "I was thinking that if they think it's necessary to pass the law they think pretty low of us. The problem is how they deal with young people in general. If they need a curfew, they should lower the age and make it for a shorter span of time. It's for people who have shown they aren't responsible."
John Yauley, 16: "I would consider it unfair. But something has to done about the crime. If you don't get caught, I guess it won't effect you much."