David Samuel Shalen
Different eras, different areas, different circles – many reasons for having or not having certain assumptions about scenarios.
A similar trope that you may not have grown up with was:
“It’s 10pm: Do you know where your children are?”
seven days a week that message was broadcast on TV.
“stranger danger” was in every children’s TV show.
horror films of Young women being attacked by strange teenagers while walking home at night was a common trope.
I don’t know how long the era was.
it certainly was in the 80s.
The 90s brought the Lifetime movie trope: The bad man who you thought was good is bad, particularly at night.
historically the 1950s had “chain gangs” – groups of teenagers hanging around with chains ready to beat up anybody who comes by.
I know this one from my mother.
all of these have in common a fear of the night
either parents should be afraid, or children should be afraid, or women should be afraid.
it’s not without reason: gangs would hijack carriages in the 16th century.
Shakespeare’s Juliet has a bunch of teenage hooligans for cousins.