Uproar as children barred from library

The Southern Metropolis Daily reported recently that children under 14 were banned from a university town library in Shenzhen.

The Southern Metropolis Daily reported recently that children under 14 were banned from a university town library in Shenzhen. This triggered an uproar, with local citizens saying that a public library is supposed to welcome all citizens regardless of their age.

In response, the library said it aims to create a better environment for readers. Besides, as a library meant mainly for university students, it has few children’s books in collection. Another reason it chose to leave unsaid is probably that children are often too noisy. In fact, the library is not alone in closing its doors to children. Nationwide, some public venues also restrict entry of children.

Recent years have seen a string of reports where the so-called xiong hai zi (spoiled brats) have offended the public with their bad behavior, like littering, screaming and skipping the queue.

Children’s misdemeanors are a reflection of their pathetic lack of civic education at home. Many parents turn a blind eye to their mischievous acts and some even jump on those who openly criticize their behavior.

Many are right to question if banning children implies discrimination, but more consideration should be taken of the well-being of those on the receiving end of their wayward behavior.

A host of “adult-only areas” might appear if parents fail to discipline their children and instill in them a respect for others around them.


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