BRENTWOOD -- City leaders will continue to explore a potential daytime curfew ordinance to keep Brentwood youth from defacing property and harassing residents when the majority of students are attending school.
"There are certain students and student groups that, while most other students are at school, only attend school one hour per day or one hour per week," said Brentwood Vice Mayor Joel Bryant. "For the rest of that time, they congregate around our city."
At Tuesday night's Brentwood City Council meeting, Councilman Erick Stonebarger agreed and noted that many of these students loiter near Burger King and Wells Fargo Bank on Second Street between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. during the week. City officials noted that these youth are causing problems for local residents and businesses by defacing property and harassing or intimidating citizens.
"I think it is a good start," Stonebarger said of a possible future ordinance. "With society these days, we become the baby sitter and parent. We need to act on that type of mischief, if the parents aren't willing to accept their responsibilities."
A daytime curfew could give the Brentwood Police Department another tool to curtail these daytime activities by teens and protect the community, according to Bryant.
"Like kids do, they get into mischief. Some of it is child's play and some of it is not. Some of it is very serious mischief," Bryant said. "Currently, we don't have the ability for our police officers to rely on an ordinance that deals with this specific demographic of people."
A subcommittee of the council will further study this issue and examine other cities that have a similar ordinance in place. The superintendents of area school districts will be invited to participate in the discussion of this ordinance.
"I want the schools involved because these are the schools' kids," Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor said.