City Passes Emergency Curfew For Five Points
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — “I know we aren’t going to be able to stop it all, but if we just stop one more, then it was worth it,” says Vicki Strange. “This is about safety, this is about safety of our patrons, safety of our community and safety of our young people,” says Columbia Police Chief, Randy Scott. Tuesday, the City of Columbia passed an emergency curfew that states anyone under the age of 16 is not allowed to be in the Five Points are between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin says the age limit is for a reason. “There’s no good reason for a 13 or 14 year old to be in the Five Points area at one o’clock in the morning, there’s no good reason,” says Mayor Benjamin. The curfew comes just over a week after 18 year old Carter Strange was savagely beaten while jogging home. “It means a lot, it means that they’re actually doing something about this or they’re at least going to try to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” says Carter Strange. If a teenager is caught violating the curfew, their parent or guardian will be notified. However, if the teen is found repeating the offense, his or her parents or legal guardian will then face legal punishment. Carter tells me, for him the curfew is a sort of silver lining. “I’m trying to use this to raise everybody else’s awareness and make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else,” says Strange. Carter’s Mom, Vicki says she’s not only fighting for her son, but others as well. “I’m not just fighting for my son, I’m fighting for other parents who are as concerned for the people who have been hurt by stuff like this before, because I don’t want to go through this again, and I don’t want him to go through it again either,” says Vicki Strange. For now, Vicki will stand by her son’s side as he begins the healing process. “From here, I’m focused on healing first of all, and then I’m just focused on getting this out there as much as possible, justy to try and spread the word so people know what’s going on,” says Carter Strange. Carter Strange does not have medical insurance and the family is asking for help. If you would like to help, you can donate by going to www.gofundme.com and click on Carter’s story for more information.