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Library policy makes national headlines

Director defends decision to send cop to child's home

CNN’s Anderson Cooper added the story of “Library’s Most Wanted” to his “RidicuList” on Jan. 5. (click for larger version)
January 10, 2012
CHARLTON — Library officials are standing by a decision that had a town police officer knocking on the door of a five-year-old child to retrieve overdue books, even after the action made national headlines, causing a firestorm of criticism.

It all started last month, when Sgt. Daniel Dowd went to the home of Shannon Benoit to alert her of her family's past-due books.

"My daughter was standing at the door with me tearing up because she thought she was in trouble," Benoit wrote in an e-mail to Stonebridge Press. "I closed my door and turned to my daughter who started to cry and asked if the policeman was going to arrest her."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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