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Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 01/28/2010

Complaint gets Anne Frank diary pulled

By Washington Post editors

A complaint by a parent has prompted the Culpeper County school system to pull a version of Anne Frank’s diary off library shelves, according to the Star Exponent.

Jim Allen, the county’s director of instruction, said the book, “The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition,” was pulled after a parent complained about sexual references in the book. The school system will use an alternative version of the diary that does not include the references.

By Washington Post editors  | January 28, 2010; 12:29 PM ET
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This is patently ridiculous. The sexual references in Anne Frank's diary are unbelievably tame compared to what's on television and the internet.

The cited article notes that the version of the book was assigned to eighth graders. These are 13 and 14 year old teens, not elementary school children. If the book is bringing up "sexual" references that are new to these children, then their parents have gone horribly wrong. Ignorant parenting is, very often, at the root of many sexual issues teenagers face.

I'm also disappointed that this action was the result of a complaint from one parent. Just one. It seems that no other parents were even consulted for their opinions - so we're letting special interests rule education now? What book will be banned next? The Cat in the Hat?

Posted by: MelissaMsK | January 28, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Yee Haw!!! Lets burn dem books! Darn, its been a while since I've been to a good ole book burnin'!!

Posted by: 123cartoon | January 28, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

When it's sex, it's an earthshattering problem. When it's violence, nobody bats an eye. This parent surely isn't complaining about the military setting up recruiting stations in her kid's high school.

Posted by: supersmax | January 28, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

This is just crazy!! How do you pull an important book like this off the shelf of not just 1 school, but from whole county public school system? Some parents kill me. You can let your child sit at home and play video games all day that reeks of violence, but a sentence in a popular book which broadcasted what it was like during WWII in the eyes of a child gets pulled?? And yet, you wonder why schools get shot up and violence seems to scream the end of days!! I remember reading this book back in the 7th grade. Back then, it didn't make no sense to me but as I got older I began to appreicate the relevance behind it. So what, kids still reading "CAT IN THE HAT" and "1 fish, 2 fish, 3 fish, 4"???

Posted by: trecypooh | January 28, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I gather that the director of instruction for Culpepper County isn't shooting for a spot in the next edition of Profiles in Courage.

Posted by: Cossackathon | January 28, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Virginia, the land time forgot. McDonnell is perfect for you. And just a few days after the Supreme Court upheld the 1st admendment. One whiney parent runs the show.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 28, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

This is insane. I am an eighth grade teacher in Prince George's County and we read The Diary of Anne Frank and I've read other forms of the story. The reason this story has been so popular for so many years are all the universal themes and those that especially gear towards teens. I agree Melissa. If you haven't talked with you child about sexual issues by the time they're 13 and 14 years old then shame on you. Just don't cause everyone to suffer, because of your ignorance

Posted by: poeticfire | January 28, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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