The city of Florence has approved a kind of curfew for youngsters–not a typical nighttime curfew but one during the day, to catch those who should be in school.
Florence City Council voted 4-3 for a new law affecting anyone aged 6 through 16. Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on school days, they will be picked up by police and taken to school or home. If youngsters refuse the ride, authorities will issue their parents or guardian a citation. The second citation will carry a fine of $100.
Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela says it’s a way of keeping kids out of the court system.
Wukela says it’s a truancy issue, and there was a time when there were truant officers paid for by the school system who dealt with the problem, but not anymore. Wukela says the absence of truant officers funded through the education department is another example of state government shifting financial responsibilities to local governments.
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Wukela on curfew
The ordinance won’t go into affect until the summer.