Overwhelmed by fighting, petty crime and misbehavior, the public library in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid instituted a policy this week to turn away unattended youths who flock to the facility after school to await rides from care-givers. Cleveland19.com reports the local police department counted 156 incidents at the library over the two-year period. Most occurred weekdays around school-dismissal time. Nearly half of the incidents resulted in an arrest. Seventy-two of the cases involved juveniles.
Library Director Kacie Armstrong said disruptive behavior has escalated recently, prompting the facility to require chaperones for youths who wish to visit after school. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. “We have been really disturbed and very concerned about the number of fights,” she said. Police officers were on hand in front of and inside the library Wednesday, when the chaperone policy took effect.