Texas school district removes Anne Frank’s diary and Bible from shelves

A Texas school district removed the Bible, an illustrated version of Anne Frank’s diary and about 40 other books from its libraries after the tomes sparked complaints from parents and community members.

The Keller Independent School District emailed principals Tuesday morning ordering the books temporarily removed, according to the Dallas Morning News.

“By the end of the day, I need all the books pulled from the library and classrooms,” said the email from district curriculum director Jennifer Price. “More information will be sent regarding the action for these books…Once this is complete, please email me a confirmation. We need to ensure this action is taken by the end of the day.

The Bible is among 40 books reported to be removed from Texas school libraries.
Keller Independent School Distri

The Bible’s inclusion in Dallas-area school district libraries was first challenged by a parent in November 2021, according to the Keller ISD website, which tracks books with families or community members. have complained.

Even though that parent withdrew the challenge a month later, the Christian holy book was still to be removed from district libraries, along with dozens of others, including ‘Anne Frank’s Diary (The Graphic Adaptation)’ and ‘The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.

Last year, a school district committee recommended that many of the disputed books not be removed, according to the local Fox station. But since then, three new members have been elected to the school board, perhaps explaining the order.

Books removed from shelves will be subject to further review by staff and librarians under a new policy passed last week, the school district said in a statement.

Keller ISD has been under investigation since last year by the Texas Education Agency over books with sexual content.

Since then, parents and staff have met behind closed doors to review books that might be considered controversial and determine if they have a place in schools.

Diary of Anne Frank (graphic version)
The book “Anne Frank’s Diary (The Graphic Adaptation)” is among 40 that have been banned from all Keller ISD libraries outside of Dallas, Texas.
The Bible
“By the end of today, I need all books from the library and classrooms,” the email read.

The debate was so heated that members of the district book challenge committees were asked to sign confidentiality agreements.

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