Slur Cancels Fla. School's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

By: AP
By: AP

PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) --

A Florida school committee has canceled a high school production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" because of offensive language in the play.

The theater director at Flagler Palm Coast High School, Ed
Koczergo, says the problem is the N-word. Koczergo says the word
can't be removed from the script because of copyright laws.

Principal Jacob Oliva says parents, students and community
members began complaining about it during the third week of
rehearsals. The production was scheduled to open Nov. 12.

Most Flagler County ninth-graders read the novel dealing with
racism in a fictional Depression-era Alabama town as part of their
course work. Oliva says the guidance teachers give in the classroom
about controversial material isn't available to community members
coming to the play.

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