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Novels Pulled From Virginia School District Over Racial Slurs

A racial slur appears 219 times in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and 48 times in "To Kill a Mockingbird"

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    "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" have been pulled from shelves in one Virginia school district following complaints from a parent. (Published Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016)

    Two classic American novels have been temporarily pulled from bookshelves in Accomack County Public Schools in Virginia. 

    Media outlets report that earlier this month, a parent filed a complaint about "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" for their use of racial slurs. 

    Superintendent Chris Holland says the use of both novels in classrooms and libraries has been suspended per guidelines in the Accomack County Public Schools policy manual.

    A committee consisting of a principal, librarian, teacher, parent and potentially others will review the complaint and make a recommendation to the superintendent. 

    A racial slur appears 219 times in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and 48 times in "To Kill a Mockingbird."