On March 11, 2008, an English teacher at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis, Indiana , Connie Heermian, was suspended for a year and a half without pay for using the Freedom Writers Diary in her classroom against the wishes of the school board.   Administrators objected to racial slurs and sexual content in portions of the book.  Heerman had received permission the previous year to attend a workshop based on the books and obtained permission slips from the parents involved. The school board contends that Heermen did not properly follow the rules to receive permission to use the book.  Erin Gruwell commented on the controversy, saying, "The best way to get a teenager to read a book is to ban it. When someone who is a daunting authority figure says, 'Give us your book', I think these students [thought], 'There must be something powerful in these words'. " 
Gies had saved everything she could from the secret annex, including Anne’s diary, her short stories, and favorite quotes from other writers. Otto read the diary, which Anne had rewritten in hopes of publishing after the war, typed it, and began sharing it with family and friends interested in reading it. A newspaper article by historian Jan Romein called Kinderstem ( A Child’s Voice ) led to the first publication of Het Achterhuis. Dagboekbrieven 14 july 1942 – 1 augustus 1944 ( The Annex: Diary Notes from 14 June – 1 August ).