A school district in northern Utah on Tuesday reversed its prior decision to remove The Holy Bible from its middle and elementary schools.
The Davis School District determined the texts were appropriate for students and will now be available in all district libraries, district officials said at a board meeting on Tuesday. The reversal comes after 70 community members appealed last month’s decision to ban the Bible over claims it was not age-appropriate.
School board members voted unanimously to return the Bible to district libraries.
The district, located north of Salt Lake City, received a request in December for the Bible to be reviewed in response to the state’s “sensitive materials” law passed last year allowing residents to challenge books found in schools and libraries that they believe are inappropriate. The request argued that the Bible is “one of the most sex-ridden books around.”
The challenge also criticized a “bad faith process” and said the district was “ceding our children’s education, First Amendment Rights, and library access” to Utah Parents United.
A review committee – made up of mostly parents – determined the Bible was not age-appropriate for middle or elementary school students. Appeals were filed shortly after the decision.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.