Great stuff from Mayor Nutter:
Curfew is taking on a whole new — that is, more official — meaning for teenagers and pre-teens in Philadelphia, where the mayor is combating marauding mobs of kids known as “flash mobs” by ordering anyone under 18 to be off the streets by 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights in problem-plagued areas of the city.
Blaming recent violence on a “relatively small number of complete knuckleheads,” Mayor Michael Nutter told a news conference Monday that increased police patrols will round up minors caught outside after the curfew hours, and that parents will be called to pick up their kids. Parents could face fines of $500 if their children are picked up, or charges of child neglect if they don’t fetch their children.
On Sunday, Nutter delivered an angry lecture from a church pulpit that hinted at the crackdown, which represents a step up from the city’s existing curfew for minors. “If you want to act like an idiot — move,” Nutter said, directing his comments at troublemakers as well as parents who he said aren’t keeping tabs on their youngsters.