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Following Outcry, Mississippi District to Again Teach To Kill a Mockingbird

By The Associated Press — October 31, 2017 1 min read

A Mississippi school district will resume teaching To Kill A Mockingbird after the book was pulled from a junior high reading list.

Biloxi district administrators removed the novel from the 8th-grade curriculum last month after the district received complaints that some of the book’s language “makes people uncomfortable.”

School officials said they would begin teaching it again in class this week. Students, however, have to ask to participate and return a permission slip signed by a parent.

The district had become the focus of a national public outcry when it pulled the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which deals with racial inequality in a small Alabama town.

A version of this article appeared in the November 01, 2017 edition of Education Week as Following Outcry, Mississippi District to Again Teach To Kill a Mockingbird

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