The stories and perspectives of teens staying out late

There are many things teenagers disagree with, one of them is having a curfew. Curfews are set times for a teenager to be home. Some teens may agree or disagree with their parents on curfew times.

“My parents set my curfew to midnight,” senior Maranda Coyle said. “I got irritated with my parents when they told me that I had a curfew but that’s mostly because I have strict parents.”

Some teens aren’t affected by their parent’s check in time, while others accept it.

“My curfew was midnight,” senior Jasmine Walsh said. “I didn’t mind having a curfew. I’m not the type of person to go out and party all night, so it doesn’t affect me that much.”

Parents establish curfews as a way to trust their child.

“My curfew was 12:30, “ senior Essence Mays said. “I understood why I had a curfew, I needed to build trust with my dad and this was a way, but it was kind of annoying at the time, especially when people would procrastinate on plans and then I would only have an hour to hang out.”

Sometimes hanging out with friends is better than obeying parents.

“My curfew was 9 pm,” junior Hannah Chasteen said. “I thought ‘why should I have this dumb curfew. I should be able to go out just like everyone else in my age group.’”

Reasons for breaking curfew vary from actually losing track of time or just wanting to hang out with friends.

“I snuck out because my friends wanted me to go to their house to have fun,” Chasteen said. “When I had gotten caught, I had to give up my phone and I basically was watched by my siblings when my mom wasn’t home so I wouldn’t be out on the streets.”

When teens are having a great time with their friends time seems to fly by.

“I have actually broken my curfew once and I was hanging out with a friend at Walmart which is probably the dumbest and funniest thing looking back on it now,” Coyle said. “I knew what time it was when it hit 1:30 but I didn’t feel like going home. I got grounded for about 2 weeks which included not being able to drive my car anywhere.”

By letting your parent/guardian know that you’ll be a little late for curfew may not result in consequences

“I was going to a haunted cave with my boo and some friends and I ended up being half an hour late,” Walsh said. “It was already 12:30. We had to stand in line for a really long time and by the time we got out of the cave. I told my mom we lost track of time in the cave.”

Losing track of time while with friends or sneaking out, are ways of forgetting or breaking your curfew. Friends who want to stay out late can become a distraction.

“I’m out late and hang with my friends,” Mays said. “If I missed curfew it was because I couldn’t find a way home, or people would want to do other things on the way home or time would just slip away.”

Most teens have to deal with curfews and are okay with it, while others disagree.

“Curfews are ineffective means of controlling a teens arrival and departure time because of real-world variables such as traffic, weather, or other delays,” Gaspar said. “The only reason they’re in place is for parents and guardians to have some semblance of control over something that is ‘reckless and unteachable’ i.e a teen.”

There are reasons as to why parents set curfews for their children, they know what’s best.

“We break them because at this age we think we are invincible and we know what’s best for us, but in reality, we really should be listening to our parents, they do know best and they know what this world really consists of,” Chasteen said.

According to Coyle, teens break their curfew in order to hang out with friends and have fun.

“Teens break curfew because they just want to continue having fun,” Mays said. “They want to keep everything going. You only live once.”