A Texas school district has pulled 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 ordering the temporary removal of all books that were challenged last year, so that librarians and campus staff can review the titles and make sure they’re in line with a new district policy, the Texas Tribune reported.
“By the end of today, I need all books pulled from the library and classrooms,” the email from district curriculum director Jennifer Price said.
“More information will be sent regarding action for these books … Once this has been completed, please email me a confirmation.
We need to ensure this action is taken by the end of today.”
The inclusion of the Bible in the Dallas-area school district’s libraries was first challenged in November 2021, by a parent who whined that it contained “Inappropriate content including: Sexual content, violence including r3pe, murder, human sacrifice, misogyny, homophobia, discrimination, and other inappropriate content,” a district spokesperson told The Post. That person withdrew the complaint a month later.
Two more challenges to the Christian holy book were made at around the same time in February by different people, one of whom claimed that “it is a map to slavery, incest, s3x between donkey and women, misogyny, murder, pedophilia you name it, it’s in there.”
The other parent griped that, “Religion doesn’t belong in public schools. This book also describes multiple acts of s3xuality and violence,” according to the spokesperson.
The Keller ISD website, which tracks books that families or members of the community have complained about, states that a decision was then made to keep the Bible in place.
But in light of a new rule, the district decided to pull it — and all 40 other apparently controversial books, including “Anne Frank’s Diary (The Graphic Adaptation)” and Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” — to be reviewed again by campus staff and librarians, Keller ISD said in a statement.