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Bad Reading? ‘Makes people uncomfortable’ Mississippi school district said while pulling ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ from curriculum.

President George W. Bush shares a moment with author Harper Lee Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, prior to presenting her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during ceremonies in the East Room of the White House. Photo by Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

As the Biloxi School District received complaints about how the working was in “To Kill A Mockingbird” (an American literary classic written by Harper Lee), the book was taken off the 8th grade Language Arts class curriculum.

“It’s still in our library. But they’re going to use another book in the 8th grade course”, stated Kenny Holloway, vice president of the Biloxi School Board.

Holloway continued that “There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books”.

Superintendent Arthur McMillan in an issued statement said: “There are many resources and materials that are available to teach state academic standards to our students. These resources may change periodically. We always strive to do what is best for our students and staff to continue to perform at the highest level.”

“To Kill A Mockingbird”, was published in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction the next year and later was put on the silver screen with the same title, with Gregory Peck as ‘Atticus Finch. The character Atticus Finch was a lawyer in the Depression-era South, whom defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge.

There was no indication of the total number of complaints entered to the School District, according to the report, as of the weekend.

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WXXV-25 Southern Mississippi
Biloxi School District (8th grade curriculum)
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