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Huckleberry Finn pulled from classes after parent complains

By The Associated Press
11.04.06

TAYLOR, Mich. — Mark Twain's classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been pulled from high school classes after a parent of a black student complained that a teacher had students read portions aloud.

There is only one black student in the English class where the book, which contains racial slurs, was read aloud and acted out, The Detroit News reported on Nov. 2.

The book will remain on the shelves at Taylor School District's high schools. The district's curriculum committee is to recommend to the school board whether the book should have a future in district classrooms.

"We want to be sensitive to how the children feel," said Lynette Sutton, assistant superintendent for secondary instruction.

The 1880s novel about a white boy's first-person account of his adventures along the Mississippi River with a runaway slave named Jim has long been controversial because of its use of racial slurs and its representations of blacks and women.

Taylor is located 15 miles southwest of Detroit.


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