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

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.

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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 in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and 48 times in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

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