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There was a weird guy wandering around the library, but that's sort of normal. Then at about 12:45 he grabbed a woman from behind and held scissors to her throat and started yelling "This is a hostage situation, I have three demands, call the police.”
Mom was in the stacks and was able to get to the door to Tech Services, which is downstairs and has an outside exit. She asked if she could bring patrons downstairs. They said yes and she started getting people downstairs and out of the way of the guy who was yelling and dragging the woman towards the front of the library. It’s pretty scary because she was moving around the library when the guy was moving around too. She says he was yelling about his demands and something about his father is a pastor and he deserved to go to hell. There's a theory that he was trying for suicide by cop.
So, they all stayed downstairs, along with all the staff who could get there without going through the guy, until the police came. They evacuated the building and the guy was sitting inside the east entrance with the woman in his lap holding the scissors to her neck. Eventually, they were able to fire a bean bag round at him and get him to drop the scissors and then they got the hostage to safety and took him into custody. They were only outside for about an hour, then they came back in and the city brought in a trauma counselor.

I think she was quite heroic and I'm very proud of her. But let's not do this kind of thing again, 'kay?

Date: 5/12/11 06:26 am (UTC)
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That is a crazy story of craziness. Glad to hear your mom is OK though.

Date: 5/12/11 06:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Neither mom nor I have fully come to terms with it. It's so intensely surreal. Hostage...Library...What?

Date: 5/12/11 06:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Here. Lucy Knisely will make you feel better.

Date: 5/12/11 07:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
HOLY SHIT. I'm glad your mother is okay.

Libraries: totally crazy sometimes.

Date: 5/12/11 07:07 am (UTC)
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Crazy, yes. But they don't actually usually try to kill one. >.<

I'm so proud of her and also terrified. On the other hand, as someone said to me, it's unlikely this brand of craziness would strike the same library twice, so at least we're past that.

(Teach the Earthling. No hostage taking. ;) )

January 2015



I Cannot Hide What I Am

I must be sad when I have cause and smile
at no man's jests, eat when I have stomach and wait
for no man's leisure, sleep when I am drowsy and
tend on no man's business, laugh when I am merry and
claw no man in his humour...
I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in
his grace, and it better fits my blood to be
disdained of all than to fashion a carriage to rob
love from any: in this, though I cannot be said to
be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied
but I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted with
a muzzle and enfranchised with a clog; therefore I
have decreed not to sing in my cage. If I had my
mouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do
my liking: in the meantime let me be that I am and
seek not to alter me.

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