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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 6, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Tipton Lewis Cass lose in sectional finals Vol 143 No 182 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO TRIBUNE Sunday March Huck Finn i will stay in sch tit I Thornton rules for Twain novel By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer Mark Twains classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will remain in KokomoCenter Schools American literature cur riculum despite concerns that it contains racist remarks Its an American classic you know Rick Button Kokomo High School south campus vice principal said of the book first published in the United States in 1885 Sutton chaired a sixmember committee charged with making a recommendation to Superinten dent Roger W Thornton on whether Huckleberry Finn should remain in the curriculum That committee which convened for about two hours one day in February reached a tie vote on the matter Thornton said he reread the book and spoke to Kokomo High School parents and students about it Wednesday he decided the book will be kept for use in the class We have two major issues the superintendent said The book is respected for its liter ary quality but it also reflects a time in our history that rightfully is offensive to AfricanAmerican students as well as Caucasian stu Steps will be taken to better pre pare students for the contents of the book and Thornton said a book from the same period writ ten by an AfricanAmerican will be added to the curriculum perhaps by the fall There are some very racist remarks in that Thornton said I think thats what prompt ed me to believe that 10thand llthgraders are certainly at a point in life where we need to address issues like this so hope fully theyll be better be able to handle Sutton said American literature students are upperlevel college bound sophomores and juniors at the south campus The course is a collegepreparatory elective Robert Lawson assistant super intendent of academic affairs in December received a letter of con cern from a parent whom Thorn ton would not name A formal request required by Kokomo Center policy for the corporation to look into the situation was received in January Thornton said Sutton said more than a dozen parents then sent a letter supporting that parents concerns He said the parents complaint was that some language in the book is racist But he would not give further details I dont think Im at liberty to tell you the he said Sutton said Huckleberry Finn is a historical novel used to teach about the period of history that had what are called localcolor It is set along the Missis sippi River in the mid1800s Thornton and Sutton would not give the names of those on the committee appointed to research the situation but Thornton said blacks and whites were represent ed Sutton was asked by south cam pus Principal Harold Canady to chair the group that included three teachers a curriculum supervisor and a parent who vol unteered for the task According to corporation policy such groups are formed each time a concern is raised about curriculum materials Sutton declined to give the rea sons committee members gave for voting for or against using the book in class If he elaborated he said I wont be able to get any one on future But Thornton said he received a letter supporting the books use in class from the high school English department Its not in debate from a literary point of he said But those who voted to remove the book I think did so because they were concerned about the impact that the contents of the book have upon Sutton said this is the first com plaint he had heard regarding Huckleberry This is the second concern raised in the past three years regarding a book used in the classroom he said noting that Ray Bradburys The Martian Chronicles was deleted from classroom use during the 199192 school year The superintendent stressed that the availability of Huckle berry Finn in KokomoCenter Schools libraries was never in question only its use in the classroom setting The request was not to remove the book from he said Inside todays Tribune Local Children from lowincome families have two more days each mpnth to get care at the Healthy Children Clinic Page 3 State Indiana lawmakers patted themselves on the back at the close of a productive session of the Indiana General Assembly Page 6 Nation White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum resigned Saturday Page 6 Also inside Business Classified Local News of Cheerleaders A threepoint basket by a Kokomos Brian McCauley late in sey 42 give their teammates a hand after they themselves the Kokomo Sectional championship game brought the had a bigger hand in a 7538 victory over Maconaquah Sto starters to their feet Saturday night in Memorial Gymnasium ries and photos may be found on Page 21 Leftright Matt Roberts Shawn Brady 40 and Jim Lind Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds McCroskey to coach AllStars Bobbins Griffin will assist with Indiana girls basketball team ByJOHNDEMPSEY Tribune sportswriter After leading the Lady Wildkats to two state championships and a runnerup Kokomo girls basket ball coach Mike McCroskey will get the opportunity to coach the Indiana AllStars this June Pat Aikman AllStar game director for the Indi anapolis Star made the announce ment Satur day It was an easy decision he said Mike has a good track record fnot to mention two state champi onships and a runnerup I dont know of anyone in Indiana who can emulate Aikman explained He knows how to coach and has been a good repre sentative for Kokomo both on and off the court His players seem to have a good time playing for him McCroskey And he has a sense of humor You need that Things sometimes get hairy with the McCroskey will be assisted by Lori Robbins from Connersville and Brownsburgs Mike Griffin In his 10th year of coaching the Lady Wildkats McCroskey sees his selection as an accolade to the entire program This is an honor for the Koko mo Lady Wildkats basketball pro gram Theres only one reason Im the coach and thats because I have a great coaching staff and players that allowed us to he said Plus we have a great feeder system from the seventh eighthand ninthgrades and AAU Though they named me the coach its an honor for anyone who has been involved with Kokomo Lady Wildkat Basketball the last 10 He expects the AllStar experi ence to be comparable to the Kodak High School AllAmerican Game last April in Jackson Term The Kodak game was an absolute thrill I had a ball being around that talent and being able to coach that caliber of McCroskey said I hope that this will be a similar situation The No 1 thing well have to do is bring together 12 different girls from 12 different programs and make them understand that were there to beat Kentucky Theyll have to accept roles that are different than what they did in high Kentucky will face the same type of game that has led Kokomo to its success the last few years and a style that should be familiar to the Bluegrass State a la Rick Pitino and the Kentucky Wildcats If the players who make the team that I believe should Deb bie Benziger Tiffany Gooden Kelly Heath Christy Smith Angela Hamblin Misty Smith theyll be the type of players that will be able to press shoot the three and run Its the style of bas ketball that I like to see and that I like to McCroskey said One of the things that Ill do in the next few days and its the same thing we did over the last several years in the tournament is talk to some of the other coaches who have done this and learn as much about their experiences and what can and cant be done ahead of time I think its a case of coin ing in and keeping things pretty simple I like to think that the girls will play hard play as a team arid have a lot of McCroskey has been coaching girls basketball for 14 years for Kokomo and four at Haworth He has a career mark of While coaching the Lady WildRats he has amassed 180 to only 57 defeats and over the Ufst five years is 11710 for a win ning percentage Robbins has compiled a 15294 record in a coaching career that includes a threeyear stint at Cen terville and the past nine seasons at Connersville Griffins 1991 Brownsburg club reached the tourney Final Four and finished at 251 Since taking over the girls program in 1987 the Bulldogs are 11934 with three sectional and two regional crowns The first IndianaKentucky All Star Game will be June 18 in Louisvilles Freedom Hall and the second will take place June 25 at Market Square Arena in Indi anapolis Activist convicted of murder PENSACOLA Fla AP An antiabortion activist was con victed of firstdegree murder and sentenced to life in prison Satur day for the shooting of a doctor as he arrived at a clinic to per form abortions The jury deliberated about two hours 40 minutes before convict ing 32yearold Michael F Griffin in the slaying of Dr David Gunn A few minutes after the verdict was announced Circuit Judge John Parnham sentenced Griffin a former Pensacola chemical worker to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years The prosecution had agreed not to seek the death penalty Gunn 47 was shot three times in the back behind a Pensacola abortion clinic while a protest was under way in front of the building on March Gunns son David Gunn and Griffins wife Patricia were in the courtroom as the verdict was announced Gunn gave a slight smile Mrs Griffin looked distressed and wiped her face with a tissue Gunn was the first doctor slain as a result of violence against abortion clinics Gunman killed by officer hostages uninjured SALT LAKE CITY AP A gunman carrying a crude bomb took 18 people hostage Saturday at the Salt Lake City Library then was shot dead by a deputy who had sneaked in among the hostages No one else was hurt Salt Lake County Sheriffs Lt Lloyd Prescott was teaching a class for police officers in a room next to the one where the gunman was guarding the hostages Lt Marty Vuyk said He made a super move He became the last hostage by walk ing in the room and closing the door behind Vuyk said Prescott who was dressed in sweats shot the gunman four times in the chest and then wres tled him to the ground police said None of the nostages were hurt The gunman identified as Clif ford Lynn Draper died at LDS Hospital Vuyk said The 512 hour ordeal began just after a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks had dismantled an intri cate sand painting they had creat ed over four days at the library The monks who live in exile in India were to scatter the painting and throw its grains into the near by Jordan River They were not taken hostage The man leaped onto a table pulled out a handgun and announced Have a nice life Mines probably witnesses said The man was holding a hair curling iron with wires leading into a shoulder bag witness Jan Carlston said The man held the curling iron open and said closed it the bomb would go off Carlston said ;