To Kill a Mockingbird taken off Mississippi school reading list after it made people 'uncomfortable'

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s American classic about racism in the US, has been taken off a Mississippi school’s reading list because it was making “people uncomfortable”. 

Biloxi school administrators made the decision to withdraw it from the 8th grade curriculum after receiving complaints about the language in the book. 

Kenny Holloway, vice president of the Biloxi School Board, told the Sun Herald: “There were complaints about it. There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books.

A message on the school’s website said the book teaches students that compassion and empathy don’t depend upon race or education. 

He added: “It’s still in our library. But they’re going to use another book in the 8th grade course.”

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