Mayo says council will follow process in reviewing complaint

Gering Library

Gering Mayor Ed Mayo says the council will wait for recommendations from the Library board before acting on a complaint from a local citizen that his 10 year old son watched a man view pornography at the library. Public Library Director Diane Downer reportedly said what was witnessed was not pornography but Michael Onstott complained his 10 year old son saw two women engaging in a sexual act on the computer the man was using and it was clearly pornography.

Downer says the man was not violating library policy, which is consistent with The American Library Association, which opposes all attempts to restrict access to library services, materials and facilities based on the age of library users. Downer told KNEB News users have to click OK to an agreement that says they are not to look at obscene materials, child pornography or anything that is harmful to minors before gaining access on the computer.


Mayo says the city will move through the normal process in reviewing the complaint, receive the Library board's recommendation and then possibly have that recommendation go through the council administrative committee before discussing it as a full council. Mayo says he has received abusive e-mail and phone calls, mostly from people outside the community, since reports on the complaint.

Onstott has submitted a request to be before the city council at their next meeting.

Children's computers in the library are filtered as required by the Children's Internet Protection Act and but adult computers are not and parents are advised to supervise their children while they are at the Library.

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