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Some malls have policies on teens

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Posted: Jan 7, 2013 9:39 PM by Trey Schmaltz, Kristy Davis
Updated: Jan 7, 2013 9:39 PM
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Topics: Mall of Louisiana, Instagram, Fight, Juveniles, Arrest, Baton Rouge, WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- A review of procedures from the largest malls in South Louisiana found some have rules in place regarding unattended teens.

In Baton Rouge, Perkins Rowe has a curfew for teenagers shopping alone. They must leave at 8 p.m.

In the New Orleans area, Clearview Mall requires kids 16 and younger to have an adult with them on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to close.

In Lafayette, the Mall of Acadiana asks that kids under 17 always have an adult.

The Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, like Lakeside Mall outside New Orleans, does not have a policy regarding teenagers.

The policy check came after a near-riot Saturday at the Mall of Louisiana. Six teenagers face charges for starting a fight that sent shoppers scrambling.

"If you have a child here, at least on parent in a group should be here, maybe with 4 or 5 kids or even more," said Kenny Blackwell, a shopper in Baton Rouge.

Others said the issues are more far-reaching.

"I have mixed emotions. I do think parents do need to be held accountable for what their children do, and that begins with the value system," said Dawn Mellion-Patin.

The huge assembly Saturday was the result of a post on phone-app social media program Instagram.

Other posts on social websites suggest another mass meeting at another location later in January.

The Cortana Mall did not respond to the inquiry by deadline.

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