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Teens Fight Curfew in Louisiana

Clearview Mall in Metarie, La., near New Orleans, became the latest mall to add a teen curfew. But local teens aren't happy about that development and are organizing a fightback against the policy.

Rise Against the Clearview Age Ban, or RACAB, was founded on Saturday, a day after officials at Clearview began strictly enforcing its Parental Escort Policy. Under the rule, patrons 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21-years-old when arriving at the mall on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. until closing.

"It's being too strict, too quick," said Matt Shaver, 17 of Jefferson, who set up RACAB's online group forum via the social Web site MySpace. "I want to be able to hang out with my friends that are under 16 on the weekends."

Officials said they increased security and began carding patrons last weekend to control the crowds of teens and children who congregated in the food court near the ticket booth for the mall's movie theater complex. Tara Lubrano, the mall's general manager, described property damage and other mischief that occurred over the past few months. Her staff ultimately decided to enforce the policy after a Feb. 9 fight in which several juveniles severely beat a food court employee.

For previous entries on mall curfews:

Retail Traffic also reported on the issue in March 2007.

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