A California school district in Los Angeles County has ruled that some of the greatest novels ever written in America, including “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “To Kill A Mockingbird,” and “Of Mice and Men,” cannot be taught in their schools.
The Burbank Unified School District (BUSD) ruled that not only those timeless classics but also Theodore Taylor’s “The Cay” and Mildred D. Taylor’s “Roll of Thunder” would be excluded from the district’s curriculum.
“The BUSD’s reading list hasn’t been revised in three decades,” The Los Angeles Times noted.
The district’s decision followed four parents alleging that the novels caused potential harm to their children, as Newsweek reported. One parent, Carmenita Helligar, claimed her daughter had been harassed by a white student who used a racial taunt including the N-word after he had read “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.” She said another boy told her daughter, “My family used to own your family and now I want a dollar from each