FARMINGTON HILLS (AP) – A Detroit-area school is defending its choice for a spring musical: a stage version of Stephen King’s “Carrie.”

“Carrie” is the story of an unpopular student who uses special powers to kill her classmates at the school prom. Joe Greene, principal at North Farmington High School, says the musical is a way to examine the impact of bullying and mental illness.

But parent Julie Devine says the play’s message suggests that violence is a proper response to despair and bullying. She says it’s the wrong message for a school.

The play is set to run May 1-4.

Farmington schools Superintendent Susan Zurvalec says she’s received only a handful of objections. She says the production will have “appropriate editing.”

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