'To Kill a Mockingbird,' 'Huck Finn' suspended in Accomack schools

ACCOMAC, Va. (Delmarva Now) -- 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.

Holland is referring to the “Public Complaints About Learning Resources” title under the “School-Community Relations” section of the policy manual which outlines that a complaint be filed through form KLB-E entitled "Request for Reconsideration of Learning Resources.”

Per the policy, a committee consisting of the principal, the library media specialist, the classroom teacher (if involved), a parent and/or student, and the complainant will convene to review the learning resource and materials will be temporarily suspended pending the committee's determination.

A copy of the Accomack County Public Schools policy manual can be found online.


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