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Bible banned by US district after considered to be too vulgar, violent for elementary students

Utah school district has banned the Bible for elementary and middle school students after it was determined to be 'too vulgar' and 'too violent' for younger readers.

According to Daily Mail, the move came after a parent in the district grew frustrated by other efforts to ban books in schools.

Officials in the Davis district, a 72,000-student district north of Salt Lake City removed the religious text from elementary and middle schools but will keep it in high schools.

A committee with the district reviewed The Good Book after a complaint by a parent, and district officials say the committee is made up of parents, teachers, and administrators.

There was also a complaint to remove the Book of Mormon from younger students’ libraries.

District spokesperson Chris Williams confirmed that someone filed a review request for the Book of Mormon but would not say what reasons were listed. Citing a school board privacy policy, he also would not say whether it was from the same person who complained about the Bible.

Williams said the district doesn´t differentiate between requests to review books and doesn’t consider whether complaints may be submitted as satire. The reviews are handled by a committee made up of teachers, parents, and administrators in the largely conservative community.

The district has removed other titles, including Sherman Alexie´s ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ and John Green´s ‘Looking for Alaska,’ following a 2022 state law requiring districts to include parents in decisions over what constitutes ‘sensitive material.’

The committee published its decision about the Bible in an online database of review requests and did not elaborate on its reasoning or which passages it found overly violent or vulgar.

The decision comes as conservative parent activists, including state-based chapters of the group Parents United, descend on school boards and statehouses throughout the United States, sowing alarm about how sex and violence are talked about in schools.

Because of the district’s privacy policy, it’s unknown who made the request for the Bible to be banned from Davis schools.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the Publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online newspaper in Government, Politics, Sport, Entertainment and Religion. Prevail Inegbenose studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. He is an experienced journalist with 16 years of active and practical journalism. Prevail Inegbenose is the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja - Nigeria. Tel: 08039564796.

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