Should teens be banned from the mall?

The Aventura Mall in North Dade has made a bold move. It has banned teens under the age of 18 from entering the mall, walking around or attending a movie after 9:30 p.m. without an adult chaperone.

 The ban makes me mad. The new policy comes a little less than two months after The Miami Herald reported that police arrested 12 kids aged 14 to 17 outside the mall’s movie theater for brawling on a Saturday night. It was quite a scene. Accounts at the time said a fight broke out in front of the ticket office, triggering a chaotic stampede by hundreds rushing the concession stand. Of course teen abhor being punished for the actions of a few bad eggs.

Banning teens from malls at night isn’t all that unusual. An increasing number of malls and movie theaters across the country are adopting similar polices. The Mall of America was the first to establish an “escort policy” in 1996, and the idea has quickly spread. At least 40 other malls also have put limits on when teenagers can be there alone.

Frankly, my kids have never asked to go to the movies alone at night so I haven’t had to confront this yet. If they did, I’d be a reluctant to let them. I’ve been outside local theaters near midnight and seen teens hanging out. It’s a scary scene. Some nights, it looks like a brawl could start any minute.

So, while I understand the mall’s reasoning, I don’t think they need a ban. I think having a ban might cause bigger problems. Where are high school age teens supposed to go on a date? I’d rather my teen be in a movie theater than a parked car. I used to hang out with friends at night at the mall theater when I was in high school. Why can’t today’s teens have a place to hang out? We don’t want teens in bars. We don’t want them driving around town without purpose. We don’t want them crashing parties. Teens need a place to meet up and hang out and the mall movie theater is an ideal venue.

What do you think about the ban? Is it financially foolish for Aventura Mall or a great marketing move? Do you consider meeting friends a the mall theater a high school rite of passage?

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16 Responses to Should teens be banned from the mall?

  1. Mike says:

    luckily i live in canada, and no mall in canada ever banned teenagers from coming to the mall.

    • Luis Lopez says:

      I say they do it ban minors from the mall its not safe for them there the cops will attack you at aventura mall this happened to me I when out with my brother and some girls to see a movie and I still to this day can’t find out why they jumped on us with tazzer guns and charged us with BATT. on a L.E.O. I cant get a job because I got jumped for being young hispanic at the mall bann the minors from the mall for their own good

      • Brandon says:

        Yea ban the people 16 and lower not higher it’s not our faults that we have some immature teens in life

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  5. Angela says:

    I’m a fellow teenager myself I’m 16 years old soon to be 17 in four months but I would never do that I’m not that type of teenager to hang out after a movie late at night and fight. other teens aren’t suppose to be punished after other stupid teens decisions and really banned that’s a little uncessary and if we do enter the mall if we have family inside and we went outside to get something in the car we can’t enter afterwards that’s just dumb I’m sorry but that’s a stupid rule and if we have a cousin or a friend who is 18 and older we can enter with them or not I just don’t understand how other innocent teens have to face this consequence because other teens acted out … I hate some immature kids now of days 😑

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