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Columbia County book controversies continue, “To Kill A Mockingbird” under review



Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” is scheduled for review by a Columbia County School District appeal committee to determine whether to remove or restrict its use in county schools.

“It has not been banned,” said Associate Superintendent Michele Sherman about the 1960 classic.


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  1. Why don’t they just tell their kids not to read it? Why should all kids be subjected to the whim of a few when it concerns literature that been vastly thought of as some of the most important pieces of literature written in this century? Also? I wonder if they’ve ever listened to the conversations 5 teenagers have when they don’t think anyone is listening? I think To Kill A Mockingbird would be tame when compared. You can find a lot more offensive stuff on YouTube.

    • Let me say first, I believe this book should remain in the schools. I also respect the challenge process. That being said, the current Media Center Opt Out Policy is weak and does not actually “opt out” students from content within the media centers, only checked out books, the ones that would typically come home. For example, students have time in the libraries each week to read and have full access to all content with no restrictions. An improved “Opt Out” policy would remedy many of the current concerns. I understand that in this case, the book was used in the classroom, I recall when I was in school, students could opt out of a particular book… I do not know if this is an option in CCSD. I would hope so.

  2. If they want to protect their child they should remove the iPhone from their hand, televisions from their home, and the ability to connect to any and all social media. Which has done far more damage then To Kill a Mockingbird a classic of modern American literature, winning the Pulitzer Prize.

    • With all due respect, we have no idea of the parenting choices made by the parent that is making the challenge. Although I do not agree with removing this book, the opportunity to challenge a book and present concerns and or different perspectives is healthy.

  3. I am a retired high school Language Arts teacher. TKAM was a staple in my classroom for many years, and even now I can still quote a variety of powerful passages from this classic work. I strongly believe that this novel had a powerful and positive impact on my students. It offered them a glimpse into the dark side of racism and the reality that there actually were good, Christian people who fought to protect human rights, even at the cost of being ostracized by their white communities. The novel is a near-perfect adaptation of reality in the deep south in the 1930’s. There are tons of historical documents to support the novel’s validity. As an educational system, we can hide from the truth, or we can stand up and positively touch the lives of children, both white and black. If taught by a loving, caring teacher, TKAM is a powerful tool for changing hearts and minds for the better. Amen!

  4. This wasn’t one of the challenged books. Someone in the school that was upset about parents challenging some books with pedophilia in them decided to issue a fake challenge on TKAM to make concerned parents look bad.

  5. When Harper Lee’s novel, Go Set A Watchman, came out I read it as soon as I could. Then came the reviews of the novel that also brought To Kill A Mockingbird along. The reviews judged both novels as racist, especially her character, Atticus Finch. I could only conclude they didn’t read the book or read it through ideological lenses.
    If we are ever to deal with racism, we have to grapple with our own ignorance.
    For 24 years I taught in Columbia county. I met the challenges and won for my students in our pursuit of what is good, true and beautiful.

  6. What’s weird is… Neither the schools or the the Augusta Press want to talk about the many challenged books that were actually challenged. The only one of public interest in their estimate is the fake one over a book a lot of people love. What would be the reaction if the informed their readers about book that treat pedophilia as “friendly” “tender” or ‘inmnocent”?

  7. Why ban a book that depicts life as it was in those days? Atticus Finch certainly was not a racist
    There are so many books and themes that one can find offensive, we cannot change history nor change the way people thought at a particular time.
    You learn from literature and history.

    I will paint an analogy, if we denied the literature and/or history of the holocaust is it possible it could happen again?
    The phrase “NEVER AGAIN” lives on in perpetuity

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