NBCPhiladelphia.com - Byron Scott
Mayor Nutter had a message for curfew critics during an appearance at a bowling alley tonight.
On Day 2 of Philly's curfew law, Mayor Nutter answered critics who say that the flash mob is sparked by underage kids having nothing else to do in the city.
Nutter hosted a bowling event for dozens of curfew age teenagers at Erie Lanes on East Erie Avenue.
"Positive young people, positive adults, people getting involved, actively participating in the lives of young people," said Nutter.
On Friday, Police say that 50 minors were rounded up in Philly for violating the city's new curfew law of 9 p.m. The law was implemented in response to a series of violent flash mob attacks involving juveniles. Some of the parents and family members of the minors who were rounded up criticized the policy, saying that it was unfair to punish every teen when only a few were responsible for the violent attacks. Mayor Nutter stood firmly behind the policy however.
"I guess it was like 50 people out of a couple hundred thousand who apparently either didn't get the message or maybe for some reason didn't take it seriously," said Mayor Nutter. "We're as serious as a heart attack about this. We're not playing around."
16-year-old Jessica Faulkner is in full support of the curfew.
"Your kids should be inside the house after a certain time anyway so parents should know where their kids are at," said Jessica.
Despite the criticism, the Mayor insists that the curfew isn't going away anytime soon.
"If your child is out after curfew, tall, short, nice, not so nice, the curfew is the curfew is the curfew," said the Mayor. "Buy a watch!"