A Brisbane public library critic has accused a Twitter user of calling her “racist” and “sexist” after the user said she wanted to have a book read to her children.
In an interview with the ABC, library director of children’s services Susan Dye said the woman who called her “racist, sexist, misogynist” on Tuesday was “in shock” and was angry because she did not think she could read the book.
Ms Dye described the woman’s tweets as “disgusting”.
“I think the woman is obviously distressed, distressed and upset, and we’re all really sorry,” she said.
“We would ask for her to refrain from that kind of behaviour.”
I’ve had a number of complaints about this, and the library has always responded in a positive way, but we will not tolerate that behaviour.
“Ms Dys said the man who made the tweet also asked for his name to be removed, but that she said she did it because “he’s not part of the library”.”
As a member of the public, he doesn’t have access to the library, he can’t access the library,” Ms Dys told the ABC.”
If you’re a member, he should get in touch with the library.
“She said the library was not the venue for her children to read books.
Ms Dunsey said the Twitter user had a history of harassing people on the internet, including the woman she said “sexists”.”
The woman said she was ‘sexist’ and she was in shock,” Ms Dunsey told the television station.”
It was really upsetting and I was very angry.
“The library doesn’t condone racism, sexism or any other form of hatred, so I just think we need to make sure that all people feel comfortable in the library or anywhere.”
Ms Dunse said the person who posted the tweet was a member at the library and had a Facebook account, but she did have the same number.
“He has a Facebook, Twitter account, he’s not in the libraries, he has no access to those services, and it was very upsetting for him to see that,” Ms Duncan said.
Ms Duncan said she hoped the person would “do something about it” and deleted the account.
She said it was the first time she had received a threatening tweet from someone on social media.
“That’s really disappointing because we have such an incredibly supportive community of people who care about what we do and care about the library they’re part of,” she told the station.
MsDunsey said she believed the man had been a member since November and the woman had been part since October.
“My heart goes out to them, I just want to say sorry to them,” she added.
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