Libraries and childrenHere’s a story that really upsets me. A Jacksonville, FL TV station reported that a librarian at the Hastings (FL) Library saw a 25-year-old man enter the library’s women’s room with a 14-year-old girl and, following them in, discovered them in a state of partial undress. A sergeant with the sheriff’s office, the story said, told the reporter that “librarians told the two to stop. He said the staff conferred with supervisors, and then asked the two to leave the library.” Sheriff’s deputies later discovered the two in a nearby house.

But to me, the shocking statement is this one:

“At this point in the investigation, it appears the library did not notify police about the incident.” 

I hope this isn’t true. If this library is looking for a way to demonstrate that it isn’t looking out for kids and teens, and (on a lesser but critical note) isn’t concerned about its image in the community, not immediately calling 911 is the perfect way to do that.

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