Police to Crack Down on Daytime Curfew during Strike

Students found out of class will be apprehended


When classes resume after spring break on Tuesday, Strongsville police will start cracking down on the city's daytime curfew law, taking aim at students who are truant from school.

Police Chief Jim Kobak said the department has been fielding a number of complaints during the teachers' strike about kids hanging around neighborhoods and businesses during the day.

"We're going to be investigating any student in a public place during school hours," Kobak said. 

That will include sidewalks and local businesses.

Any students found out of school without permission will be taken to the police station and their parents will be called to come get them. They could also face charges.

Strongsville not only has a nighttime curfew for minors, but also has an ordinance that prohibits students from being out and about when they are supposed to be in class.

"If they're supposed to be in school, they have to be in school," Kobak said.

The crackdown will also apply to students joining teachers on picket lines, with one exception -- if a parent submits a signed letter to the police department giving permission for their child to picket instead of attend school.

Otherwise, "we're going to identify kids in picket lines and find out if they're supposed to be in school. If they are, they're going to come to the station with us," Kobak said.

Kobak said residents should be aware that some students at Strongsville High School are allowed to leave the building when they are finished with classes for the day. 

But there are also reports of teens taking advantage of substitute staff and simply leaving the high school during the day.

And last Friday, the final day before spring break, hundreds of high school students staged a walkout to urge an end to the ongoing teachers' strike. While about 75 attended a protest on the City Commons, the majority of the students who walked out at 10 a.m. just got in their cars and left.

Police will check with the school to find out whether a student is supposed to be in class before taking them into custody, the chief said.

"We're asking parents not to let their children violate our curfew law," Kobak said.

Michael Thomas March 30, 2013 at 01:10 AM
I'm sure it's not a Tea Party.
Emmett March 30, 2013 at 01:11 AM
StrongMom: What did any of your teachers do to you when you were a child? Or what did a teacher do to your child? I get it, teachers are over paid, but why do you hate the profession of teaching? Seems like something in your past caused this. Your reactions to the teachers are very extreme, almost crazy. This has nothing to do with money or benefits, does it?
Holly Lamovsky March 30, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Tad, sorry, I didn't mention your name because I assumed that you already knew you were invited. My fault, you know what they say about assumptions. Tom and James can come too. We can all play Trivial Pursuit (or better yet, I have Jeopardy for the Wii) and fight about who's the smartest. That's why I can't invite Strong Mom, she would obviously win.
Michael Thomas March 30, 2013 at 01:22 AM
I'm sure StrongMom's aunt's husband's first wife who lived 3 doors down had something to do with it....
Dave March 30, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Holly, I haven't been on that often but can I come too?! But only if Tad Tadderson can come too!
James Murphy March 30, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Michael I was not fishing for anything I asked for your personal opinion which it appears you do not have one on the subject
Dave March 30, 2013 at 01:27 AM
But if IEP lady aka Kennedy from the facebook pages comes, I'm out.
SvilleRes March 30, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Goiter, what's the deal? I can't figure you out. You're against the SEA, hate Tracy and supposedly love Krupinski, and yet now you're complaining about the security bill? You get that the cops have already supposedly cost us more than usual anyway, right, because they've had to put in more man hours? So, if we had only our cops providing security, assuming we even had the manpower, then we'd be paying a ton of union OT for them as well. Don't you think this is the cheaper route? And, don't you think the buildings have to have security based on the proven actions of the SEA and their union hacks?
Holly Lamovsky March 30, 2013 at 01:30 AM
You and Tad can come, James too. Kennedy has not earned my trust.
SvilleRes March 30, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Harry Balczak, I see what you mean about creative screen names. What are you, 12? I mean, you....you define creativity. Only a name like Michael Hunt would score more points in the creative column. Speaking of which, welcome back Mr. Hunt.
SvilleRes March 30, 2013 at 01:36 AM
Tad, who you kidding? You're footing the bill. It's gonna be up at Ken's place. Don't worry. Coors Light and Box wine will suffice for most of these people. Well, maybe not, since we've established the opposing side only consists of about 3 people...
SvilleRes March 30, 2013 at 01:37 AM
(and Holly seems more sophisticated than these other jokers)
Michael Thomas March 30, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Did it ever occur to you that not everything has to be either black or white.
SvilleRes March 30, 2013 at 01:43 AM
James, Mikey can't answer your question because he would get fired from his OEA job of being an internet hack whose job it is to flood social media with worthless spam. His bosses are watching his activity. He's not allowed to state his own personal opinion. He's not even allowed to have one; that's above his pay grade.
SvilleRes March 30, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Of course it did Mikey. In this instance, it is though, and I believe I explained why. Riddle me a response contrary, Batman.
Holly Lamovsky March 30, 2013 at 02:01 AM
It's not a Tea Party, but I promise it will be fun. Remember, I partied my way through college and still got those easy A's, so I have experience. Also, despite my lack of writing skills shown on the SAT I never even took, I did win free beer once for writing the best Guiness Toast at a bar back in '98.
SvilleRes March 30, 2013 at 02:04 AM
(And I should clarify, when I say "don't you think this is cheaper," by "this" I mean using Huffmaster security as opposed to paying extra police manpower and police OT rates.)
Tad Taderson March 30, 2013 at 02:06 AM
I would 100 percent come...as long as I get to choose the wine. Holly - I think you've been reasonable and honest in the debate, and a welcome addition. Mikey - I doubt you would show. Actually, I know you wouldn't. Pure spineless fear. You've proven to be an unworthy opponent.
DaFacts March 30, 2013 at 02:53 AM
Michael Thomas is a pussy! And that ain't up for debate!
SHSparent86 March 30, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Has anyone actually seen Mike Hunt?
Michael Thomas March 30, 2013 at 11:43 AM
SvilleRes...Question...How did it feel to run for school board and lose? Maybe if you would just seat back and listen to the whole community you would have won.
Kim L March 30, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Attention striking teachers job openings available http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/29/former-atlanta-schools-chief-indicted_n_2982272.html
Michael Thomas March 30, 2013 at 01:44 PM
What’s really sad is out of the 315,582,266 people living in the U.S., the BOE still can’t (after 4 weeks of trying) get enough people to fly in to work for the BOE’s Strongsville City School Recess Program (k-12) thats costing the tax payers around $2,000,000.00.
Erica O'Malley March 30, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Bring in sloppy, G.E.D. educated security guards from out of state is foolish. The Cleveland area has more than enough sloppy, G.E.D. educated security guards that can be used. Cmon KRAPINKSI, paying each a 12 hour day plus flying them in at $400-500 a pop, its ludicris. Use local, pot smoking security and that would have cut the cost in half. WAKE UP KRUPINSKI, THERE IS COST SAVINGS EVERYWHERE WITH THIS STRIKE. He has to own stock in Huffmaster or he has a kilbasa stuck in his aorta that is restricting blood flow to his brain.
Michael Thomas March 30, 2013 at 02:33 PM
How dare you modified your stance when new information presents itself.
terry March 30, 2013 at 03:00 PM
eHarmony Tad, thats just to damn funny.
Richard March 30, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Dang, just got my mail an no invitation. Maybe Monday.....
Whiney teacher hater March 30, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Is it really true that the ex teachers were paid their annual pension just prior to their walk-out?
C April 01, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Why the Strongsville Strike Matters for Education http://www.networkforpubliceducation.org/2013/03/why-the-strongsville-strike-matters-for-education/
RestoreTheUSA April 02, 2013 at 07:46 PM
I think it’s about time the elitists living in Strongsville got their heads out of the ground and took a look at what is really going on. The teachers are fed up with having to put up with their obnoxious spoiled little brats and the administration supporting the parents who are equally as obnoxious. I have seen school districts from the inside and have heard enough parents say to teachers "do you know who I am", "I pay your salary" and " you work for me" to fill a school. If parents think teaching is so easy let them try to live in their $300K homes, drive their two Lexus’, buy their little Johnny and Susie cars and everything else they want, take multiple vacations a year, earn the masters degrees, do ongoing professional development, stock their classrooms on $60K a year AND deal with their little urchins six hours a day. I’m willing to bet they'll be curled up in a corner, sucking their thumbs with wet pants crying "mommy!” the first week. Teaching can be like combat, especially in places like Strongsville. I don’t agree with everything teachers do or say, but they have my respect for what they do. And by the way, if you can read this and have even one of the aforementioned material goods mentioned above…..THANK A TEACHER!!!!!


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