ACLU asks Plaquemines Parish to lift 'To Kill a Mockingbird' ban

ACLU asks Plaquemines Parish to lift 'To Kill a Mockingbird' ban

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394238 02: Shoppers read about a Chicago program involving the 40th anniversary edition of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" September 10, 2001 at a Borders Books and Music store in Chicago. Borders Books and Music in Chicago is working with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Public Library in the new citywide reading initiative: "One Book, One Chicago," encouraging all Chicagoans to read and discuss the book during the months of September and October. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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Posted on October 15, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 15 at 6:37 PM

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PLAQUEMINES, La. -- The Louisiana ACLU is requesting that the Plaquemines Parish School Board removes a ban on the classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird."

The book was banned in 2001, but according to the ACLU, the parish has recently had to reinforce it after they discovered that teachers were reading the books to students. The board has allegedly removed all copies of the book from its schools.

"The ban was flatly unlawful when it was imposed, remains so, and should be lifted immediately," said ACLU Executive Director Marjorie Esman.

According to the ACLU, the board banned "To Kill a Mockingbird" because of "offensive language and adult themes."

The ACLU says that the ban violates First Amendment rights.

The school board is also planning a meeting to discuss the district's book selection for students.

 

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