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Texas School District Removes Bible and Anne Frank Adaptation in Back-to-School Sweep

Among books pulled from the library of a school in the country’s Bible belt is, believe it or not, the Bible.

Keller Independent School District removed all books from the library that were challenged by parents last year. The list of 41 books a district official told principals to yank from shelves include the Bible, “The Bluest Eye,” by Toni Morrison and a graphic novel adaptation of Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl.”

The district superintendent of schools, facing intense criticism after news coverage of the policy, countered with a statement on the district website.

“I want to assure you that Keller ISD is not banning the Bible or the Diary of Anne Frank, as has been suggested in some headlines and shared on social media,” Keller ISD Superintendent of Schools Rick Westfall said in a statement.

Texas Education Code’s Section 31.002 invests authority for approving library books with the district’s board of education. Texas encourages parent review of educational material and provides a formal means for parents to object. The statute does not require removal from the library while a parental request for removal is considered, a process mandated to be conducted within a 10-day period.

A Thursday telephone request for comment from the superintendent was not returned.

The Twitter account of @LaneyHawes posted a copy of a letter informing educators to remove books, which includes the list of books.

The Texas Tribune further reported.

“Attached is a list of all books that were challenged last year. By the end of today, I need all books pulled from the library and classrooms. Please collect these books and store them in a location. (book room, office, etc.),” Jennifer Price, executive director of Keller ISD’s curriculum and instruction, wrote in an email sent to principals, obtained by The Texas Tribune.

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