Wisconsin high school cancels 'To Kill a Mockingbird' production over protest concerns

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SHOREWOOD, Wisc. (WTMJ) — Just hours before opening night, Wiconsin's Shorewood High School canceled the play "To Kill a Mockingbird."

The district said it was because of possible protests, but it was hard news to hear for the students taking part in the production.

"It's heartbreaking, I'm not going to lie," said junior Nimya, who did not want to give her last name. "The drama kids, when we heard it we were all crying."

The Shorewood School District superintendent Bryan Davis put out a statement that said, "Due to concerns regarding potential protests related to the production, we've concluded that the safest option is to cancel the play."

Patience Phillips said her three children spoke out against the play.

"They protested the use of the word in the play," said Phillips.

It's the use of the N-word that is said by different actors in the play.

"The fact that word came out of their mouth multiple times," said a sophomore protestor who did not want to be named. "It sat with me differently. It felt weird."

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