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Disturbing Behavior

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I work at the Lawrence Public Library and generally Wednesdays are eventful because of the number of teens that hangout after early school dismissal. Well yesterday may go down in history. A large group of teens gathered in the Children's section and watched two girls beat each other senseless and instead of encouraging their classmates not to engage in such behavior, they cheered them on. The entire melee may have lasted for at least ten minutes. The agressor was subdued by the security officer and when he turned his back, she took off only to be apprehended again. She didn't want to go to jail. Too late! You created a very dangerous situation among the public and you don't want to go to jail.I see an increasing number of teens hanging out, unsupervised and the problem is only going to get worse if parents don't step up and take responsibility for their children. It is not the library's responsibility to babysit your out of control children!

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mom_of_three 5 years, 8 months ago

And where was the library staff as events escalated to an all out brawl?
probably something that started after school and continued on, and although the behavior is not condoned, doesn't the library have a sense of responsibility to keep an eye on patrons. I am sure words were exchanged, etc. until punches were thrown.
Wednesday was early dismissal. parents have to work, kids get out early...

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hunziker1 5 years, 8 months ago

please mom of three r u saying the little old lady that works behind the desk should jump up in the middle of a brawl tackel high school students. once again peaple are trying to put the blame on the victoms

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bunnyhawk 5 years, 8 months ago

Parents are at work. Library staff are not trained or funded to provide after school supervision for Lawrence junior high school students. At the very time in their lives when our young teenaged children most need adult supervision and guidance we are turning every one of them loose on the streets with no supervision for one afternoon every week. Surely there is a better solution to address the need for teachers to have sufficient planning and meeting time. Do we have to wait until something really horrible happens to revisit this poorly conceived plan?

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Sharon Roullins 5 years, 8 months ago

When there's a mob of twenty or more kids, I don't think one person could tackle them. The security guard was punched several times and even when the police arrived, the aggressor was still kicking and screaming like tomorrow. I understand parents have to work; I was working myself yesterday. I don't know what teachers schedules are like and maybe Wednesday is the only day they feel they can work on their lesson plans (and it is not just early dismissal in Lawrence) but when are people going to start being responsible for their own behavior? Stop blaming others, stop blaming the government, stop blaming lack of funding, start blaming the ones that are creating the problem and get them some help. While the library does have a responsibility to create a safe environment, we are not babysitters. Tell your children to come straight home after school and stop following the crowds.

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