School Board Lifts 12 Year Ban on To Kill a Mockingbird


BELLE CHASSE, La. — On Tuesday the Plaquemines Parish School Board lifted a 12-year ban on the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

The controversy resurfaced in early October after teachers were discovered reading the book to students.

Now the school board says it will review its policies regarding textbooks and other reading materials.

The novel by Harper Lee has been a staple in American literature classes for decades.

Lareclial Mitchell remembers reading it back in the day and knows her two fifth graders will likely do the same. She can’t understand why efforts have been made to ban it in Plaquemines Parish over the years.

“I don’t like it,” Mitchell said. “Books are very important to students as well as us parents. Books broaden your vocabulary.”

The book, which encompasses serious issues like rape and racial inequality, hasn’t always been a favorite of the Plaquemines Parish School Board.

The board originally banned that book back in 2001, citing concerns about offensive language and adult themes.