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One Of Quebec's Largest English School Boards Has Banned The N-Word

The ban will be implemented in over 50 schools in the Montreal area.
One Of Quebec's Largest English School Boards Has Banned The N-Word

Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) — which is Quebec's largest K-12 English school board, covering the area between Verdun and Hudson — has banned the N-word after passing a resolution on March 22.

The resolution says the N-word "must never be uttered within the confines" of the board's schools and centres, calling it derogatory, denigrating and harmful to the LBPSB community.

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Noel Burke, chair of the LBPSB council of commissioners, told MTL Blog the intention is to help students develop "personal consciousness" in order to identify what constitutes abuse, racism and discrimination.

Burke said the consequences for breaking the rules surrounding the ban will be determined by each school and centre under the LBPSB. 

The school board serves 57 schools and centres in the Montreal area, and as of last week, LBPSB students have been participating in virtual assemblies on the history of the word, Burke said.