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"12 Years a Slave" could play in classrooms

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A Shelby County School Board member believes the movie should be shown to high school students across the nation despite its "R" rating. A Shelby County School Board member believes the movie should be shown to high school students across the nation despite its "R" rating.
"12 Years a Slave" tells the story of a black man who was sold into slavery and severely abused. "12 Years a Slave" tells the story of a black man who was sold into slavery and severely abused.

(WMC-TV) - A graphic Oscar-nominated movie could soon be playing on television in classrooms across the nation.

"12 Years a Slave" tells the story of a black man who was sold into slavery and severely abused.

A Shelby County school board member believes the movie should be shown to high school students across the nation despite its "R" rating.

"I think it would be a wonderful experience," said David Pickler, who also serves as the National School Boards Association president.

He believes the movie would be a teaching tool with a powerful message.

"Slavery was a horrible part of the history of this country. We've got to make sure students all through America have an opportunity to really stare at the stark reality of slavery," he said.

The NSBA is partnering with the Filmmakers and Penguin Books to distribute the movie and the book to public high schools.

Pickler says the very graphic movie will be edited for students.

The movie and books would be free to schools in September, but it has to be approved by Shelby County for it to happen.

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