Teen club curfew

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News 12 at 6 o'clock, March 24, 2008

Augusta, Ga.---Augusta city leaders say they've seen a string of violence involving young people. It is inspiring a county wide curfew for teen clubs in Augusta.

"I don't think they should have night clubs...period," said Amy Freeman, a mother of 4. She's convinced that a night of partying can lead to years of trouble.

"I had my daughter when I was 15, and I don't want that to happen to her. I have had a hard time."

Amy's daughter Ladazia is now 13. Amy says she supports any plan to cut back on the partying. "They need to be working on going to school... getting their education, not clubbing."

It's a debate making waves after recent violence in the parking lot at Club Platinum. The owners say the club isn't to blame. "We don't have liquor," said owner Rakiem McMorris. "We don't have anything that would contribute to people acting in a manner that would be outside of normal."

Club Platinum is one of four teen clubs facing a curfew: 10:30 during weekdays, and 11:30 on weekends.

"There's nothing out there for a child in their teens after midnight, and we think they should be at home," said Sgt. Richard Roundtree.

"I don't think it's fair," Ladazia said. "I ain't going to lie. I been wanting to go to the little night club sometimes."

"I don't want to hold her hostage...I want her safe," Amy said. "I want her to graduate, I want her to go to college, I don't want her limited to certain things because of the things she has done."

As for Ladazia and teen clubs: "I can't do it. I will not do it. She's 13," said Amy.

The curfew is just a recommendation by the Augusta Public Services Committee. The issue must go before the full Commission next Tuesday.

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