Philadelphia’s first weekend with a tighter curfew went off with only a few problems.
Mayor Michael Nutter instituted the earlier curfew in parts of the city in an effort to counteract random attacks by young people.
Officials said there were about 70 violations of the city’s 9 p.m. curfew in Center City and University City on Friday and Saturday nights.
In one incident, a girl was injured after attending a city-sponsored bowling party in Juniata Park–outside the new curfew zone. Jon Kroljic, the owner of Erie Lanes, says the night went well inside: For $5 each, hundreds of kids got to bowl and dance the night away. Kroljic said he’s glad the city is taking an aggressive stance to curb attacks by packs of teens. “Teens these days feel like, in the eyes of the law, there’s no consequences to be paid for their actions and I feel now they’re taking initiatives,” he said. “Parents don’t like it? Well you know what–then supervise what’s going on with your children and this won’t be this issue.” The 9 p.m. curfew applies to those under 18 in the sections of the city where most of the pack attacks have occurred. In the rest of the city, the curfew remains 10 p.m. for children under 13, and midnight for all other young people under 18.