the librarians had a meeting. they came up with a new 'policy' to deal with the out-of-control middle-schoolers: each librarian and the director will take one day a week to be the person on patrol. on that day, that librarian will be in-charge of keeping an eye on the kids and disciplining them. from now on, we report to that person. the kids get ONE warning. if they misbehave again, they are asked to leave the library grounds and we notify the parent, if possible.
sounds good but i doubt the director will stick to it. she is wishy-washy and terrified of parents' wrath. she does not back up her staff, generally, and the kids don't take her seriously.
i guess we'll see what happens.