VA. school system pulls Ann Frank from curriculum after parent complaints

Via the Washington Post:

Culpeper County public school officials have decided to stop assigning a version of Anne Frank’s diary, one of the most enduring symbols of the atrocities of the Nazi regime, after a parent complained that the book includes sexually explicit material and homosexual themes. “The Diary of a Young Girl: the Definitive Edition,” which was published on the 50th anniversary of Frank’s death in a concentration camp, will not be used in the future, said James Allen, director of instruction for the 7,600-student system. The school system did not follow its own policy for handling complaints about instructional materials, Allen said…The decision was made in November and published in the Culpeper Star Exponent on Thursday.Culpeper’s policy on “public complaints about learning resources” calls for complaints to be submitted in writing and for a review committee to research the materials and deliberate, Allen said. In this case, the policy was not followed. Allen said the parent registered the complaint orally, no review committee was created and a decision was made quickly by at least one school administrator. He said he is uncertain about the details because he was out of town.

One of the offending passages:

There are little folds of skin all over the place, you can hardly find it. The little hole underneath is so terribly small that I simply can’t imagine how a man can get in there, let alone how a whole baby can get out!

Heaven forbid girls have their own bodily questions and anxieties read back to them. They might start to get the idea that they’re normal.

Comics author Alan Moore has the definitive statement on the subject:

There is only one group which would ever call for the banning of The Diary of Anne Frank, and I don’t care what they happen to be calling themselves these days.

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One Response

  1. Hey if people are getting dictionaries pulled and banned then no other book is safe or has a chance.

    Now to get the bible banned for all of those horrifying acts of violence and vile behavior

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