Please don't worry, tunia329, about having offended any Editor Experts on eNotes. Educators may tend to be a little surprised--perhaps dismayed--when titles on the curriculum strikes students with impressions that are negative, that are opposite of what is expected.
Nonetheless, your hesitations and tidbit of a negative evaluation show that you are developing a mind of your own predicated upon critical thinking. Continue to question and voice opinions, as they honestly come to you, that may go against expectation.
Having said this, it is a very unpopular opinion to suggest that cultural literature or post-colonial literature or even regional literature contains content that is "inappropriate" for the minds of young readers in high school and college.
Nonetheless, I actually agree with you that the violent content in this book is not suitable for students young minds. With all the "entertainment" violence and hatred and with all the "live action" news reporting we are all exposed to [even those without TV and with strict movie viewing standards cannot escape live reports of real horrors or images of "entertainment" that try to emulate horrific reality], we forget the age-old wisdom that says that what goes by way of the senses and mind lodges in and comes back out by way of the heart and mind.
While we may become accustomed to exposure to horrors, like suicides, murders, and violent abuses, it is nonetheless true that the shock to our minds, souls, and psyches remains consistent (though perhaps unfelt) over time and produces adverse effects.
For these reasons, I agree with you that the images and social realities associated with what we would in other circumstances recognize as horrors are not appropriate literary reading for young minds. Fully mature adult minds may be able to read past the experience of the raw and shocking events, like suicides, and thus glean the social commentary that will precipitate and lead to social action, but young minds only feel the trauma even though it is couched as educational literature. Perhaps this is one reason prejudices and ethnic antagonisms are in some senses rising to higher levels in the U.S. rather than subsiding: young minds are being exposed to too much in literature that would otherwise constitute horrors to be protected from.