District erases 'To Kill a Mockingbird' from lesson plan

Gregory Peck embraces Mary Badham 9 a Birmingham Alabama acting discovery who plays his daughter in ÒTo Kill a MockingbirdÓ March 1963

The classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" was removed from a school's reading list, and it is causing quite the heated response.

What were the complaints about "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

"But they're going to use another book in the eighth-grade course".

Kenny Holloway, the vice president of the Biloxi School Board, told The Sun Herald there had been complaints about the book. In 2011 there was a big push to remove "the n-word" from Huckleberry Finn and replace it with "slave" instead.

"I think it is one of the most disturbing examples of censorship I have ever heard, in that the themes in the story humanize all people regardless of their social status, education level, intellect, and of course, race", the reader said to the paper.

The school board meets Tuesday night at 5 p.m., and the decision to remove "To Kill A Mockingbird" from eighth-grade lesson plans is expected to come up.

The book a year ago was temporarily removed from the library shelves of a school district in Virginia along with "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" after a parent of a biracial student complained that the language in the novels was divisive.

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After much backlash, we will have to wait and see if there will be pushback on this decision.

In 2004, thirteen-year-old, Garvey Jackson made a shirt covered in words from Mockingbird after being uncomfortable with hearing his classmates say it during a reading of the novel. The book has been withdrawn from schools before, in 2016 in Virginia. A number of those instances were over Lee's use of a racial slur about black people.

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., encouraged parents to voice their disapproval: "Engaged parents should call the school district with the clear message: Our kids are tough enough to read a real book". It is a grim reminder of the realities of slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and rural southern life. We should be moved.

Holloway says other books can teach the same lessons. It should also be a time to make sure that students understand the history of our country when it comes to race and do what many of these books were written to do: create understanding.

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