BAKER — The City Council Tuesday urged anyone holding gatherings of youth ages 17 and younger in Baker to take security precautions.
The resolution is aimed at preventing incidents such as the shootings during a birthday party at the Baker Civic Club in March. Marcell Franklin, 15, Kendal Dorsey, 15, and Diontrey Claiborne, 18, were killed, and Javaughn Simmons, 19, was shot but survived. Baker police booked accused shooter Nakeydran L. Williams, 16, on three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of illegal use of a weapon.
The council on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution saying parties for young people should have certified armed security, meaning someone authorized to carry a weapon such as a law enforcement officer, and an adult representative of the venue on hand. Precautions also should be taken to ensure that no alcohol or drugs are present. Parties for youth must observe the existing city curfew, which requires children ages 17 and younger to be home by 11 p.m.
City attorney Ken Fabre noted there is no penalty for noncompliance with the resolution. Unlike an ordinance, a resolution does not have the force of law. The council had previously discussed requiring venues holding youth parties to obtain permits from the city, but the proposal raised too many constitutional issues, Fabre said.
Councilman Pete Heine said he supports the resolution but reminded the council that no law or resolution can stop teen violence.
“You cannot legislate morals. It has got to start in the home,” he said.