The staff are described as being "terrorized and tormented" by screaming children who were engaged in "anti-social behavior". Unfortunately, police were unresponsive and the staff was at wits end.
What did they do? The local council hired a "bouncer" to patrol the library three days per week for six weeks.
I am happy to report that while our students sometimes exhibit bouts of "over-enthusiasm", they are a really nice bunch of kids. Typical behavior issues we face:
- excessive chattiness and hyper-socialization (no books in sight, no intention of doing anything productive other than distract everyone else)
- snacks that are really meals (snack are OK, but if it involves eating utensils, condiments and two hands it is a meal and should be eaten in the cafeteria)
- socializing in the silent and individual study area - we keep this area for students who really, really need a place for focused, quiet study
- using a computer for non-school activities when there is a line of students waiting for access
- printing out class sets of Powerpoint and presentations and sucking the toner dry (printing on this scale is expected to be done at home)
Council Hires Bouncer for Library