HAMPTON-Hampton changed its curfew hours to help protect teens as the city cracks down on crime.
At Wednesday's City Council meeting, members voted to move the existing midnight curfew to 11:00 p.m. for 14-18 years old and to 10:00 p.m. for those under 14, putting it in line with the curfew in neighboring Newport News.
The curfew would be for unsupervised minors and went into effect immediately.
"We want to have a full comprehensive plan to deal with this uptick in murders that we've seen, so this is a part of a comprehensive plan that the managers proposed to try to keep our kids home and safe," said Mayor Molly Ward.
Ward said police may call parents if a youngster violates curfew or even return them home. She also said parents and their children may find themselves having to go to court.
People were talking about the proposal on the WVEC13 Facebook page.
Julie wrote, "If it is enforced it may work. And charge the parents that let there child out that late in the first place."
Britt added, "You keep children out of trouble by allowing parents to crack down on them as youngsters. Because parents fear arrest for proper discipline, you get what we see today."
Romona wrote, "Well, since parents do not watch or teach their children now days then yes the city and the police need curfews. FYI the streets are no place for kids to grow up. Parents need to stop making excuses and start watching their own kids!"
Several people wondered what the penalty will be for youngsters violating the curfew.