Florida High School Bans TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Production due to Racially Charged Language
The Daytona Beach News Journal reports that the Flagler Palm Coast High School in Florida has cancelled it's production of To Kill A Mockingbird due to the use of the "N-word" 23 times in the script. Due to copyright laws, the word cannot be removed for any productions.
According to the report, "A school committee recommended canceling the production because members didn't want students to be in the middle of a controversy, according to Jacob Oliva, the high school's principal. He said he started hearing concerns from parents, students and other community members about the offensive language in the play when the students were in the third week of rehearsals."
To read the full article in the Daytona Beach News Journal, click here.
To Kill A Mockingbird is adapted from Harper Lee's 1960 novel by Christopher Sergel. The show takes place during the Great Depression in the fictitious town of the racially charged Maycomb Alabama. The story focuses on six-year-old Scout Finch, her older brother Jem and their widowed father Atticus, a middle-aged lawyer.
Most students at Flagler Palm Coast High School have read Harper Lee's original novel as part of their English curriculum.
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