The Keller school district in North Texas is getting national attention after its controversial move to take all books that had been challenged during the past year out of classrooms and libraries the day before classes were to begin Wednesday.
The list of challenged books included “Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation” and all versions of the Bible.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. appeared to weigh in, posting on Twitter that Anne Frank’s diary is often the first encounter that students have with Holocaust history.
Anne Frank is among the most well-known of the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust. For many students around the world, her diary is the first encounter they have with the history of Nazi Germany's attempt to murder all the Jews of Europe during World War II.
— US Holocaust Museum (@HolocaustMuseum) August 17, 2022
CNN also picked up the story, and the New York Post mentioned it in a tweet.
— New York Post (@nypost) August 17, 2022
Stand-up comedian and podcast host Steve Hofstetter asked how a child could be too young to read about Anne Frank but participate in active shooter drills.
How is it that a kid can be too young to read Anne Frank's diary, but that same kid can participate in active shooter drills and be forced to carry their rapist's baby to term?
— Steve Hofstetter (@SteveHofstetter) August 17, 2022
Other critics on Wednesday also took to Twitter to express their opinions about the school district’s action, particularly about Anne Frank.
Laney Hawes, who served on the committee to review “Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation,” protested the district’s stance on Twitter, stating that the removal violates children’s constitutional rights.
Oh my. A Texas School district is removing illustrated adaptations of Anne Frank's diary from their shelves. This comes after Ohio reps encouraged schools to teach “both sides” of the Holocaust. The GOP book-purge is beginning. Now we know why Nazis support the Republican Party.
— Dash Dobrofsky (@DashDobrofsky) August 17, 2022
A school district in Texas has banned The Diary of Anne Frank. Seriously. I hate what this country is becoming.
— Erie Siobhan (@ErieNotEerie) August 17, 2022
'"The Diary of Anne Frank" is critical race theory' is not a sentence I thought any sentient being could say, and yethttps://t.co/JIBYjFE84J
— William D. Adler (@williamadler78) August 17, 2022
So @KellerISD & @DrRDubKellerISD released their list of banned books. #AnneFranksDiary (graphic novel) & 47 by #WalterMosley made the list of 41 books banned. Really Keller ISD, books about the holocaust & slavery are what you ban? Just sickening & shameful. pic.twitter.com/yq5i4vkltB
— Haley Taylor Schlitz (@HTaylorSchlitz) August 16, 2022
The book ban folks are coming out in full force here in Ft. Worth. Now they want to ban @khaledhosseini Kite Runner. This is a loud fearful minority @KellerISD. Most of us parents appreciate our teachers & librarians & their hardwork educating our children. @ToniMorrison pic.twitter.com/KqM9Gt7U85
— Laney Hawes (@LaneyHawes) November 10, 2021