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Home School Legal Defense Association

P.O. Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134

For Immediate Release Contact: Ian Slatter
July 18, 2006 (540) 338-8663


Purcellville, Va.—A daytime curfew has been proposed for Washington Borough, New Jersey that would make it a crime for school-aged children to be in a public place during public school hours. The hearing will be held tonight at 8 p.m. in the borough council chambers on the second floor of the borough hall, 100 Belvidere Ave., Washington, N.J.

“Homeschoolers have been harassed and made fearful by policemen who treat them like suspected criminals for doing nothing more than being in public,” said Scott Woodruff, staff attorney for Home School Legal Defense Association.

In addition, daytime curfews do not accomplish what the proponents claim.

They do not deter juvenile crime. A recent California study compared the juvenile crime rates of counties that enforced curfew ordinances and counties that did not. The crime rates were the same. The curfews had no effect on juvenile crime.

There are some exceptions in the ordinance but the only way for a policeman to determine if an exception applies is to stop and interrogate the young person. By then the damage has already been done. The child may be afraid to go outdoors again.

“Homeschooled children should be free to be outside during traditional public school hours,” said Scott Woodruff.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a 22-year-old, 80,000 member non-profit organization and the preeminent national association advocating the legal right of parents to homeschool their children.