Ohio high school will perform play critics call inappropriate

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Officials at a suburban Cincinnati high school have reversed their decision to cancel the performance of a play that had been objected to by the NAACP.

The play is based on a 1939 Agatha Christie novel that included an offensive slur in the title. The story involves strangers trapped on an island with a murderer who kills them one by one.

The play version has been performed under the names "Ten Little Indians" and "Then There Were None." That's the name Lakota East High School will use. And the performances will include some additional materials and other activities to honor diversity.

The head of the NAACP's southwest Ohio branch spoke out against the initial production, saying the book's title made it inappropriate.

The school superintendent says he's allowing the play to go on so it can be used as a "learning vehicle."

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