Saturday, April 27, 2013

Anne Frank Diary 'pornographic,' according to enraged mother of seventh grader

Anne Frank Diary 'pornographic,' according to enraged mother of seventh grader, correctly known as the Diary of a Young Girl, is required reading in many schools, and one mother has filed a surprising complaint about it.

Fox17online reported April 27 that Gail Horek, a Northvill, Mich. mom to a seventh grader, dubbed the book “pornographic,” and asked that students be allowed to read the censored version of the famous Holocaust-era book.

Frank’s diary was kept by Anne while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The famous diary has been published in more than 60 different languages.

The unedited version of the diary, which was published in 1996, describes Frank’s discovery of her own body. Horalek considers the details far too sexually explicit.

She believes that teachers at Meads Mill Middle School, where her daughter attends, should have asked parents for permission before assigning the book.

“The problem is the school is giving the seventh graders inappropriate material and not explaining it to the parents,” she said, saying the school sends approval notes home for other things.

“If they watch any kind of movie with a swear word in it, I have to sign a permission slip,” Horalek said.

Horalek also said that the other parents were unaware of the passages. She only discovered them when her daughter confessed that the book had made her uncomfortable.

She is now lobbying for the book to be expunged from the school’s curriculum.

“It doesn’t mean my child is sheltered, it doesn’t mean I live in a bubble and it doesn’t mean I’m trying to ban books,” she said. She feels the graphic details “aren’t necessary to grasp the devastation of the holocaust.”

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