'To Kill a Mockingbird' Pulled from School Reading List

Harper Lee's novel

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird", was removed from a MS school district lesson plan because the book's language made some people feel uneasy.

An image from the film version of "To Kill A Mockingbird".

The Sun Herald reports that Biloxi administrators pulled the novel from the 8th-grade curriculum this week.

The novel, published in 1960, chronicled the adventures of Jean Louise Finch aka Scout and her brother Jeremy aka Jem and the racial inequality that existed in their small Alabama town.

A message on the Biloxi schools website said To Kill A Mockingbird teaches students that compassion and empathy do not depend upon race or education.

"There were complaints about it", Kenny Holloway, vice president of the district's school board, told the newspaper. In 2012, a high school student in Colleyville, Texas was given an alternate book assignment when the parents took issue with the novel's themes of race and politics.

The movie based on the book won three Oscars, including Best Actor for Gregory Peck. While the book will no longer be part of the grade's English language arts lessons, it is still in the district's libraries.

A MS school district has pulled "To Kill a Mockingbird" from an eighth-grade reading list.

The decision sparked outrage on social media. "It would be hard to find a time when it was more relevant than in days like these". "These resources may change periodically", Biloxi Superintendent Arthur McMillan said in a statement.

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