A few days ago, it was reported that the Maplewood, NJ library would be closed after school because the teens are too unruly. Today, the New York Times reports that the mayor is working to find a resolution other than closing the library. The mayor of the town states:
“I think the closure’s a very bad idea,” the mayor said. “I think that it was not warranted, because a lot of the programs we have in the works are designed — and well designed — to alleviate the situation. We just have to put those in place.”
I’m happy to read that they are finding a resolution. However, along with hiring security guards for the library after school, they should convene an ongoing “after school student committee” to figure out a long term solution. At this point, the “adults” have figured out the solution without involving the young people. The young people need to be part of the solution.