The National Coalition Against Censorship has contacted the school board of Indian River County School District in Vero Beach, Florida, protesting the removal of Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation from a high school library. 

As we understand it, the principal removed the graphic novel because it depicts Anne Frank walking in a garden that contains classical Greek and Roman statues of nude females. It seems problematic that a book about an important historical figure was removed because of a single illustration of classical sculpture. Removal decisions should only be made with parents, teachers, and staff input. 

Therefore, we encourage the district to amend its policy to require that books are not removed without a formal review. 

Read NCAC’s full letter to the Indian River County School District here:

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