Virginia: Use of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” Suspended in Accomack County, Virginia Public Schools
A formal complaint from the parent of a student has been filed in the Accomack County Public School system against the use of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” for their use of racial slurs.
A racial slur appears 219 times in Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and 48 times in Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
The use of both novels in both classrooms and libraries has been temporarily suspended per the Accomack County Public Schools policy manual.
“We have a committee looking at all of this,” said Chris Holland, superintendent. “There’s been no recommendation right now.
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