“To Kill a Mockingbird” pulled from curriculum in Biloxi
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is being removed from a junior-high reading list in a Mississippi school district.
Biloxi administrators pulled the novel from the eighth-grade curriculum this week. School Board Vice President Kenny Holloway says the district received complaints that some of the book’s language “makes people uncomfortable.”
Published in 1960, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee deals with racial inequality in a small Alabama town. A message on the school’s website says “To Kill a Mockingbird” teaches students that compassion and empathy don’t depend upon race or education. Holloway says other books can teach the same lessons.
The books remains in Biloxi school libraries.