- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area school is defending its choice for a spring musical: a stage version of Stephen King’s “Carrie,” the story of an unpopular student who uses special powers to kill her classmates at the prom.

Some parents complained during a recent meeting of the Farmington school board.

“I was dumbstruck,” Julie Devine said. “I thought how arrogant, how insensitive and how reckless to put on a show that ends with a mass murder in a high school gym.”

North Farmington High School Principal Joe Greene said the musical is a way to examine the impact of bullying and mental illness.

“It pushes the notion of anti-bullying through a fantastical lens,” he said. “It’s a look at difficult topics and engages people into thinking about it.”

Farmington schools Superintendent Susan Zurvalec said she’s received only a handful of objections. She said the production, to be performed May 1-4, will have “appropriate editing.”

“Carrie,” published in 1974, was King’s first blockbuster novel. It was made into a movie two years later, starring Sissy Spacek and John Travolta, and a musical in 1988.

“The play is so wrong on so many levels, in my opinion. … At least take it off site. Don’t have it affiliated with our district,” said Farmington-area parent Kari Acker.

Zurvalec said decisions about school plays are made by a committee, which includes the principal and teachers.

“It’s the professionals involved who should be making the decision,” she said.

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