Mother raises concerns about safety at downtown Nashville library

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A mother of three is questioning the safety of the downtown Nashville library after her son had a troubling encounter.

Ada Phelps told News 2 she is very concerned. She explained what happened to her son and his friend at the downtown Nashville library Wednesday morning.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

“He and his friend were in the area where the video games are, and two young men approached them asking if they wanted to buy weed. They said, ‘No, we don’t want weed.'”

Phelps said that’s when the suspects made their next move.

“The second young man distracted my son’s friend, and the first young man appeared to walk off. Well, he went back and doubled around and took the phone out of my son’s locker,” said Phelps.

Metro police told News 2 they are aware of the situation and are investigating.

“My greatest concern is safety at the library. It’s public access anyone can go in and out but how safe are you when you are really inside the library?” asked Phelps.

Workers told News 2 that security guards monitor the downtown location from open to close. There is also surveillance cameras and a security system.

The two suspects who approached the boys were caught on tape. Those images are not being released at this time.

The library spokesman told News 2 that since September 2015, library security has received 19 theft related cases across 20 branch locations and at the main library downtown.

“We are a public space, so it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and your property when you are here. With that being said, we try really hard to create a safe, welcoming environment for everyone,” said Andrea Fanta a Nashville Public Library spokeswoman.

Phelps said what happened has been a big inconvenience.

“We now have to pay right at the start of school, when we are buying uniforms and backpacks and supplies, now we have to pay the $175 for the insurance to replace the phone. We’ve had to cancel the phone, we’ve had to cancel the credit cards that were loaded in the phone,” explained Phelps.

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