LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Park Plaza Mall will now require underage teens to have adult supervision on Friday and Saturday nights after 5 p.m.
The mall's policy will take effect on Friday, April 7. Parents are most concerned about how the policy will stop their children from being dropped off on those days.
Dale Selakovich expressed her concern about the new policy which requires teens under the age of 18 to be accompanied by an adult 21 or older. Guardians would be allowed to escort up to three kids.
"I just think that it is important to have a place to go and if that's the place where they want to go, then they should be able to," Selakovich said.
But Sean Dandurand believes this will limit spending by teens and reject those who may not have a guardian on Friday and Saturday evenings, as the curfew would target teens shopping after 5 pm.
“They're going about it the wrong time, but the right way,” Dandurand said. "It just depends on the day, the holiday, the time of stuff, but kids do get wild."
Right now, more than 100 shopping malls in the U.S have restrictions geared towards teens.
In Aurora, Illinois, Fox Valley Mall implemented their parental escort policy after a fight involving teens broke out a few days after Christmas. Tri-County Mall in Cincinnati targets the same age group and requires teens to carry some form of ID or proof of age. At Mall of America, escorts are required for teens after 4 p.m.
Diane Scott thinks the policy would work to end teens hanging out and causing problems at the mall. A day after Christmas, police escorted more than 75 teens described as causing fear off the Little Rock mall's property.
"I feel like that's no longer a safe place for them to go and hang out,” Scott said. "Parent, we just take them and drop them off, and we trust them with the individuals that they are hanging out with."
Mall security is planning to check IDs for teens that may be walking alone, and they will also monitor the doors as people walk in, a press conference is set for Thursday, March 16.
"I just think that is something that really needs to be thought out carefully,” Selakovich said. “I really don't think whatever they're planning on doing, I just don't think it's going to work."
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