Some teens feel unfairly punished by curfew

As the healing in Milwaukee continues, so does a curfew.  Right now, anyone under 18 years old needs to be home. Sherman Park will close early at 6:00 p.m. that will last through the weekend, leaving some to ask why the limited access remains.

Community groups around the area have been meeting, talking about a solution to last weekend's violence. Friday, some of the meetings focused on the teens.

The teenagers at the meeting for Milwaukee College Prep School students and alumni said they were not part of the violence. A few teens said it felt like they were being punished for the actions of a few people.

"I feel like a caged animal because they got fences up now and it just feels like we are living in a crazy world," said Christian Golden, a freshman in Milwaukee Public Schools.

Golden and his friend are both in the school band, honor students and it's their first week back at school. Friday, they had to skip the varsity football game.

"Now we have to be in the house at a certain time because of their actions. We didn't do nothing so I feel bad that we have to go through that as kids," Golden said.

Milwaukee Police say there has always been a curfew. The difference now is being strictly enforced, and teens have to be home by 10 p.m., rather than 11 p.m.  But even with these added regulations, teens say the city needs to keep talking about the problems that started the violence.

"Our city is hurt, our city is feeling helpless right now, it's being silenced and this is the reaction. This is not the reaction that is going to get us a solution," said Kalan Haywood, a senior in Milwaukee Public Schools.

Haywood joined the second meeting on the city's northwest side. Parklawn Assembly of God had a youth and community night. In both of the meetings, teens were allowed to vent their frustrations and fears.

"We don't pick sides but bring sides together," says Jarrett Williams, social worker at Milwaukee College Prep.

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