Fayetteville malls adopt teen curfew rules
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HOPE MILLS, N.C. – It's been a rough month for teenagers in Cumberland County.
Millstone Town Center is the second shopping center and popular teen hangout to adopt a curfew policy, the other being Cross Creek Mall which adopted a curfew in mid-June.
Saiheim Gamble was stopped by security at the mall Friday because of the new policy.
"He handed me this yellow flyer, basically explaining you can't be at the mall without a parent,” said Gamble.
Gamble found out Monday while shopping with his dad that the same policy is going into effect here.
"I do think it's somewhat of a good idea, to keep people out of trouble, violence, keep theft level down. But at the same time, who wants to go anywhere with their parents sitting right there, hovering over you or whatever,” said Gamble.
Teens like Gamble might want their independence, but parents may be just as much to blame.
"We have parents that will come in their cars and drop off three or four kids and then just go on, leave them there to do whatever they want to do. Especially when you get 20 parents dropping off three or four apiece, then that becomes an issue," said property manager Tommy Bradford.
Many of the parents we spoke to are in favor of the policy, saying it's not up to a shopping center to babysit your children.
"You want to be able to show your kids, you can't be out anytime you feel like it, there's a timeframe. I think it's a good idea,” said parent Stephanie Reeves.
"As an adult, we have responsibility too, on their part, so you can't just blame the child. It first starts at home,” said parent Robert McNair.
It starts at home, but could end with families like Robert and Saiheim spending more time together.