Richland County, SC — My husband and I enjoyed “Les Miserables” Saturday night at the Regal Sandhill Stadium 16 theater in The Village at Sandhill. The movie was beautifully produced, the story was compelling and the performances so emotionally charged that I was moved to tears several times.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I left the theater pondering the difficulty of life fin 19th century France to be faced with the entire complex overrun with youth ages of 10 to 16. The contrast between the movie and what I saw before me was striking. Mobs of children loitered on each street corner and literally blocked the entrance of the theater.
When we spoke to one of the numerous security guards, he said the problem is with the parents, who are not observing the 9 p.m. curfew by dropping off their children under the age of 17. The ratio was easily 20 children for every 1 adult, and the atmosphere resembled that of a school yard instead of the pleasant village I have grown to love.
Children don’t need parents who let them do as they please, but parents who are willing to stand up and do what’s right.