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After Arrest, Complaints, Avenue Revises Teen Curfew

The new policy requires adult supervision of anyone under 17 in all areas of the White Marsh shopping center after 9 p.m.

is tightening security measures involving teenagers, shopping center management announced Monday. The statement was released 10 days after a that led to the arrest of a 14-year-old girl.

Made effective on Dec. 2, The Avenue now requires anyone under 17 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian 21 years of age or older after 9 p.m., according to the statement.

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The previous "Youth Escort Policy," instituted in 2005, required that "children" be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the common areas of the shopping center, including the outdoor plazas, sidewalks and parking lots.

Youths were able to attend a movie or shop on their own and then meet up afterward with an adult to travel home. The new policy, however, requires "adult supervision in all areas of the shopping center after 9 p.m.," according to the statement. 

Adults are now required to purchase a movie ticket and "remain in direct supervision of anyone under 17 while attending movie screenings" after 9 p.m., according to the center website.

“As one of the most successful outdoor retail and entertainment centers in the region, The Avenue at White Marsh wants to lead the way in providing a welcome and safe environment for all of its visitors,”   Kathleen McLaren, the center's general manager, stated in the announcement. “This change is another proactive step in that direction.”

The has received several complaints about disturbances caused by groups of teenagers traveling from to The Avenue and crowding around the AMC Loews White Marsh 16 theaters, mainly on Saturday nights, precinct commanders said.

One of the most recent cases involved a group of teenagers who began fighting , Patch .

Officers attempted to break up the fight using pepper spray. K-9 and helicopter units also responded. One 14-year-old female student was arrested and charged as a juvenile with assault, a police report showed.

The full text of the new policy is available here.

How will the new policy impact you? Are you comfortable shopping at The Avenue when groups of teenagers are around? Tell us in the comments.

Karen B December 13, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Al I understand what you are saying, but I disagree as far as the kids wanting a teen center. I am a parent of a teen and I have talked to many of my sons friends and 95% of them said they wished they had somewhere to go hang out. I don't think they would be bothered by the supervision at all. That is just my opinion. Anything would be better than them hanging out at the mall and avenue. Parents would have to be involved and creative. Again this is just my opinion.
kate88 December 20, 2011 at 09:37 PM
I can remember being a teenager going to the mall and the avenue to hang out. I wasn’t allowed to go there unless we were going to see a movie or go shopping. I am now 23 years old and I hate going to the Mall / Avenue on a Friday/sat night. My parents raised me to say accuse me, pardon me, please, thank you, your welcome, and I’m sorry. The teenagers that go there now just don’t care; most of them don’t have ANY manners, and don’t pay attention to who is around them. My niece is 4 and doesn’t need to be hearing F this and F that, or B this and B that. That is all you hear anymore and if you say excuse me please be more aware of the children. It’s sucking teeth; attitudes and B who do you think you are talking to. The things I have seen kids do just baffles me. Nancy, One thing you have to remember about the bars is they have their own security. Bartenders and Waitress are also trained to cut people off before they get to the point of being belligerent drunk. I feel safer drinking at the avenue then I do at some of the other local bars that are around the area. The bars in the avenue haven’t been in the papers for fighting, stabbings, or gang violence. At least not to my knowledge anyways and the times I have gone there to drink. I have never seen a fight happen. Unfortunately for you the damage has been done by the kids who don’t care and aren’t responsible.
Paul W. Faya December 21, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Kim, It is indeed unfortunate that management has to take this drastic action; but it is indeed necessary. I have heard people talk about being intimidated at both the Mall and the Avenue. Unfortunately many young people have not learned how to behave and have no respect for authority.
commish flock May 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM
fights are going to happen it's a natural law of humanity. I remember going to the mall when I was a teenager 15 years ago and it was the funnest thing in the world for me! where else could I go on a Friday night and try to find ur meet a girl without going Skateland or anything like that and I was way too young for a nightclub. I think its too much but at the same time it has to be taken into context is only those who are the troublemakers should be punished.
commish flock May 17, 2013 at 12:34 PM
I just saw the comment posted above me, I forgot to say that I am now 31 as of yesterday lol. when I went to the mall to hang out I was around the ages of 12 to 15, mostly in the Younger side and all gothic and everything. and that's what's sad I think people think if people are dressed up like with the black stuff and gothic, that they are violent and its very very much the opposite in most cases. for me and when I see: they're actually just Expressionists going through the same hormone driven change finding themselves, I think we assist despair and kill creativity that is misunderstood when we should be helping these kids find a place and way to be together safely WITHOUT our authority overbearing.... think of the new trust that could be maintained between the generation gap that is always cause trouble?!

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