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June 20, 2014

Baltimore Daytime Curfew Threatens Freedom


Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Maryland. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

The Baltimore City Council recently expanded its daytime curfew. It was previously in force from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. With the change, the curfew is in force from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The curfew only applies to youth who are age 15 or younger and are “required to be in school.” Students being homeschooled in compliance with Maryland law are not “required to be in school,” so the curfew does not apply to them.

However, by broadening the hours during which normal movement is forbidden for most students, the City Council has increased the likelihood that police officers will interdict law-abiding homeschool students and threaten their freedom. If a police officer challenges a homeschooled student and refuses to believe that he is homeschooled, the officer could choose to apprehend the young person and take him or her to a detention center.

If this happens to any HSLDA member, we will carefully look into the incident to see if the young person’s rights have been violated.

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