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Northville mother files complaint about passages in the unedited version of 'The Diary of Anne Frank'

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NORTHVILLE, Mich. (WJBK) -

Are the passages in Anne Frank's diary too graphic for 7th grade?  A mother in Northville says 'yes' and she has a filed a formal complaint with school district.

A 7th grade class in Northville is reading a newer, unedited version of the famous Anne Frank Diary.

In the book Frank talks about the discovery of her own genitalia in what some would consider graphic terms.

The book itself of course has served as a chilling account of the Holocaust during World War II.  The first hand-writings of a young Jewish girl and the ordeal her family endured while hiding from the Nazis.

Parent Gail Horek says the book is too graphic and she wants to school district to go back to the edited version of the book.

What do you think?  Is the material in this version of the Anne Frank Diary too graphic for 7th graders?  Add your comments to the bottom of this story.  Also read the response from the school district.

The following is the passage from the 'The Definitive Edition of the Diary of a Young Girl' that has a mother in Northville filing a formal complaint.

Until I was eleven or twelve, I didn't realize there was a second set of labia on the inside, since you couldn't see them. What's even funnier is that I thought urine came out of the clitoris…When you're standing up, all you see from the front is hair. Between your legs there are two soft, cushiony things, also covered with hair, which press together when you're standing, so you can't see what's inside. They separate when you sit down and they're very red and quite fleshy on the inside. In the upper part, between the outer labia, there's a fold of skin that, on second thought, looks like a kind of blister. That's the clitoris."

Response from Northville Schools:

Maurielle Lue,

Thank you for contacting me regarding a concern that was raised with you relative to the use of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, a book used within the seventh grade English Language Arts Curriculum Northville Public Schools uses an established process to review concerns brought forth related to instructional materials used within our schools.  Parents are considered partners in their children's learning and when concerns surface they are encouraged to communicate with the classroom teacher and building principal to resolve those issues.  If the parent is not satisfied with the response at the building level, a committee consisting of parents, teachers, media specialists, and administrators will be assembled to review the concerns expressed by the parent using the Citizen's Request for Reconsideration of Materials Procedure.

Sincerely,

Robert Behnke

Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services

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