Conversations in a Library: S-E-X
Teacher (whose 3rd grade students are attending story time at the library) comes to the front desk: I just saw one of my students look up S-E-X. I don’t know what to say to him and I think it would be better coming from one of you any way.
[internal thoughts: is she serious? She is serious. Why is everyone looking at me? Oh geez…]
Me: Ok, I’ll do it.
(finds boy) Come with me please. (Takes boy to an empty area.) I understand you’ve been looking up the word sex on the card catalog.
Boy studies feet in silence.
Me: This is an inappropriate time to be doing this. There is a time and place for everything and this isn’t the time for that subject. You look this up on your own time, not with your class, or talk to your parents about it. Understand?
Boy nods while still studying his feet.
Me: You can return to your class.
[internal thoughts: Geez…how hard was that? Crikey, I hope I didn’t discourage him. There are worse things to be looking up and there are a lot of worse ways to get the information…]