Texas school district pulls all books from libraries under review, including Bible

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By: George William

After receiving allegations that the Keller ISD in Dallas-Fort Worth had books with sexual explicate materials in them, the district began a months long investigation into those allegations.

The Dallas Morning News’ Taila Richman reports that an email sent Tuesday to school principals by Jennifer Price, curriculum director of Keller ISD, relayed a new directive that urged staff to pull all titles flagged for review by day’s end regardless of past recommendations made during the review process.

“I need all books pulled from the library and classroom,” Price wrote, per Richman. “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.”

Keller ISD’s book challenge page catalogs the titles, authors and resulting decisions made by staff followed meetings with teachers, staff and the book’s challengers.

Among the works formally flagged by the district is “The Bible,” which is described generally as “(any variation—King James otherwise)” and whose listed authors are “Men who lived a long time ago—no 1 exact author exist for these books.”

Also included is “Anne Frank’s Diary (The Graphic Adaption)” by Ari Folman and David Polonsky, which is largely a visual retelling of the Holocaust survivor’s famous published diary.

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