January 20, 2021

Boston Globe: “He’s 28 and Autistic, and Banned from the Library”

From The Boston Globe:

In mid-June of 2016, Clem Fisher took his son Brandon to the Bridgewater Public Library, not far from Brandon’s apartment, to use the computers there. Since he was a child, Brandon had gone to the library for story time programs.

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A couple of months after he started going to the Bridgewater library, Brandon was approached by Lieutenant Thomas Schlatz of the local police department, who told him he “was making some of the people who work there feel uncomfortable” and gave him a no trespass order, banning him from the library. Later, Schlatz told Brandon’s parents that police do not initiate such orders; they simply carry them out on behalf of a business or property. In this case, the director of the library, Sean Daley, gave the order.

Fisher has since been on a mission to find out what exactly happened – and, he says, to “restore my son’s reputation.” He, too, has been told he is no longer welcome at the Bridgewater library because of “reckless and alarming” actions he has taken regarding the no trespass order against his son.

Read the Complete Article (about 980 words)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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