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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  • by TMP Location: Tallahassee on Nov 8, 2010 at 06:23 AM
    Fed Up: Nobody is advocating "keeping offensive words in current vocabulary". We are advocating teaching the past, giving people the reasons we want them to *stop* throwing words around so thoughtlessly. Enlightening them and helping them to understand what has already happened and avoid the same atrocities from occurring against any race, EVER. You can use something like this as an opportunity to teach or an opportunity to censor. One advances the dialog, one stifles it entirely.
  • by fed up Location: ga on Nov 5, 2010 at 01:32 PM
    People like the ones complaining are the ones who keep these "offensive words" in current vocabulary.... Well then lets not learn about the Florida Crackers either!!
  • by Artist Location: Tallahassee on Nov 5, 2010 at 01:11 PM
    olivaj@flaglerschools.com is the email for the Principal of Flagler High. Mr. Oliva should be more than greatful to get feedback especially since this is a withholding of historic information. This area and many other rural counties like it are culturally withdrawn from the realities that have happened and are going on now. If we are going to teach our children to move forward they must also understand their past and for many kids who flaunt the N-word all day more than likely have no idea of the racial history and the scars that are appended. Please email and posts your concerns.
  • by Befuddled Location: TLH on Nov 5, 2010 at 09:27 AM
    Gee, I wonder why kids today think fine art is a picture of someone good looking. Oh, gotta go, late for a book burning!
  • by Saggin on Nov 5, 2010 at 08:14 AM
    How absurd!! Have any of these censors wandered the halls of these schools and heard the foul language these kids use on a daily basis? Have they listened to the lyrics in the music and on the TV shows these kids are exposed to everyday?!!! This is a stab in the back of the American way. So they want to protect the feeble and eggshell feelings of these innocent children by not using the N werd in the context of an American classic that portrays truth in so many levels of our history. Ban Mark Twain too. This is truly an injustice.
  • by AB Location: Ga. on Nov 5, 2010 at 06:38 AM
    Pretending it never happened doesn't make it go away. The past is there for us to learn from, and fiction and non fiction from the era help with that lesson, but only if we are allowed access to it. I can understand the discomfort that the word causes, even in a literary context, but important lessons are not always easy.
  • by Cyberpunk Location: Tallahassee on Nov 5, 2010 at 06:24 AM
    In trying to be tolerant, this country has become intolerant of the tolerant and censorship has prevailed. It's sad to see such a classic book and movie tossed on the burn pile from the imposition of just a few.
  • by TMP Location: Tallahassee on Nov 5, 2010 at 06:20 AM
    I agree KC and Tia. This is classic literature and those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. I am so grateful that I was able to attend a high school that embraced the arts, encouraged us to do what was right and more importantly, educated us that doing what is right is not always the same as doing what is "correct".
  • by Painfull Location: Painville on Nov 5, 2010 at 06:06 AM
    If these idiots think............. I can't.....It's just too much. It's painfull to try and comprehend what these morons are thinking.
  • by KC Location: Tallahassee on Nov 5, 2010 at 06:05 AM
    This is an important piece of historical literature.. there is no reason not to perform it. The most they should be doing is writing some sort of disclaimer on the program about the use of the word.
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