Naturally, some parents are outraged and complained, but library officials say they have their hands tied by laws governing free speech. "My first reaction is that we're very sorry if a child in the library was exposed to material that they found objectionable," says Librarian Rebecca Winning, but "if the law allows access to certain information that you or I might find objectionable, we allow patrons to access it."
One parent described some people in the library who were doing more than watching.
Police even ticketed one "adult" who turned out to be a 17-year old for trespassing and he may face charges of indecent exposure.
This is absolutely amazing. How far does free speech go? Do parents have to worry about people watching porn in libraries, a place normally viewed as a safe haven for children?
Sometimes, in cases like this, it seems like the rights of people to view objectionable material should be weighed against the damage such material may do to young minds incapable of understanding it in an adult context.
What do you think? Should adults be allowed to view pornographic materials in public libraries? Or should they keep it at home?
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