November 28, 2020

Biloxi School to bring ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ back to the classroom

After the national outcry at the Pulitzer Prize winning novel being pulled from the 8th grade reading list at Biloxi Junior High School, the book has been re-instated into the classroom, starting on next Monday.

This time, students will have to return a permission slip signed by their parents in order to learn about it in their english class. If a student opts out, they will read another book and follow an alternate lesson plan, according to the Sun Herald.

“On Biloxi Junior High School letterhead, Principal Scott Powell wrote on Oct. 23 to eighth-grade parents: ‘As has been stated before, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is not a required read for 8th Grade ELA (English Language Arts) students. However, 8th Grade ELA teachers will offer the opportunity for interested students to participate in an in-depth book study of the novel during regularly scheduled classes as well as the optional after school sessions …”

The book was originally pulled from the lesson plan after the language, namely the use of the ‘N’ word, was said to “make people uncomfortable.”

Read the full story here:

http://www.sunherald.com/news/local/counties/harrison-county/article180807726.html