Did CNN Overdramatize Story About Police, Overdue Library Books, And A 5-Year-Old?
So here's the thing: Initially I read this story, about cops visiting the home of a 5-year-old because she had overdue library books, and I thought, "That's terrible! Who watches the watchmen?!"
Then I actually read the whole story...
CNN reported that cops visited a home in Massachusetts and little Hailey Benoit burst into tears because she hadn't returned How To Tie My Shoes and Eloise's Birthday since April. She thought the cops were there to arrest her! And now the mom, Shannon Benoit, is very angry!
But CNN buried the lead. A spokeswoman from the Charlton Public Library said the Benoit family owes more than $100 in late fees for overdue audio books checked out by Hailey's father. The library sent letters and made calls, but never heard back from the family.
So on one hand, it's a little weird that the cops are showing up to strong-arm people for the libraries. What is this, some kind of library mafia?
But it also sounds like the family is trying to deflect blame for their negligence by making a big deal about how much this traumatized their daughter.
LitReactors, what do you think? You can read the original story here.
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