The city of Hueytown implements curfew during the week of homecoming
HUEYTOW, Ala. —
As students prepare to celebrate, an emergency curfew was put in place for minors during this week's festivities. Not everyone is happy with the decision. The curfew begins Tuesday and will run through Saturday morning.
For the city, the curfew is a way to be proactive, ensure students' safety and make sure nothing gets out of hand. Students said at the end of the day they just want to have fun and be kids.
"It's kind of confusing as to why they are trying to enforce it. We're just trying to show our school spirit at the most important time of the football season," said Toylor Rosser, a senior at Hueytown High School.
"Coming up as a youth, I do remember. It gets pretty exciting, pretty fun and rambunctious when you get to that point of the year," said parent, Ladale Bishop Jr.
"They announced it last week starting Tuesday. I wish they would've told us a little earlier that they were going to do this," said Brady Hosmer, a junior at Hueytown High School.
According to the emergency curfew, in the past, there have been large groups of teens gathered on both public and private property during the week proceeding homecoming.
"When people hear the word Homecoming and school. They tend to get crazy," said Caleb Fox, a junior at Hueytown High School.
Students said the week includes activities like dress up days and bonfires leading up to Friday's big game. The curfew begins at 10 pm and ends the following morning at 5 am.
"That doesn't give you any time to do a lot. You get home at three and if you're doing stuff after school that gives you like 4 hours. It sounds long, but that time flies by fast," said Hosmer.
"This a situation where the good should not have to suffer from the bad," Bishop said, "let them enjoy the day and let the parents decide it's time to go home."
Since the curfew, students said there's not a lot of excitement for homecoming. In the future, students hope the city can meet them in the middle and think of a plan that will still allow them to enjoy what they consider a tradition.