The unedited edition of 'The Diary of Anne Frank' was put under review by a Michigan school district after a mother raised concerns about its use in a seventh-grade classroom.
As previously reported by Monitor writer Husna Haq, a mother in the Northville school district asked that an unabridged version of the diary – which was written while Frank was in hiding with her family during the Holocaust – be removed from her daughter's middle school. The parent, Gail Horacek, objected to passages in which Frank discusses female body parts. She requested that an abridged version of the diary – which does not include such passages – be used instead.
However, school officials ultimately decided that the unabridged version would remain in classrooms.
Robert Behnke, the assistant superintendent for instructional services, wrote in a letter to the community that taking out the book “would effectively impose situational censorship by eliminating the opportunity for the deeper study afforded by this edition.”
Behnke also wrote that if a parent objects to a certain reading selection, the school is always willing to discuss alternatives.