BrandonU takes a one-word position on local school board’s book ban: Don’t


In response to a local public school division’s decision to remove books on sexual health and gender identity, Brandon University let its position be known with a media statement that was comprised of a single word: Don’t. “The community conversation was so loud, everybody was talking about it,” said BrandonU Director of Marketing and Communications Grant Hamilton. “We knew that if we didn’t say something, our silence would be a statement on its own.” University Affairs reports that the release quickly gained traction online, amassing hundreds of largely positive responses, and became the rallying cry of those opposed to the the book ban at a school division meeting in late May. BrandonU’s library also partnered with the BU Queer committee and other partners to put together a display of banned and challenged books.

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