A private school in Doha, Qatar, has removed Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from its library after a parent complained that the images in the book were culturally "inappropriate". The move was ordered by Qatar's Supreme Education Council after their investigation into the parent's complaint.
In a statement to Doha News, SEK International School's principal Vivian Arif said:
"The school took immediate action and removed the book from the library and has revised and enforced the procedures to ensure that this type of incident will not happen again.
"SEK International School Qatar is proud to be established in this country and presents its formal apologies for any offence that this unintended situation may have caused.
"We deeply respect the culture of Qatar, we are committed to the promotion of its values and principles, and we will keep on working so that our school is always a reference for its commitment and service to the people of Qatar."
The removed book was a 16-page, 235-word version for early readers. Reportedly, the father who made the complaint was "flabbergasted" at the "inappropriate", "indecent" book "containing illustrations and phrases that have sexual innuendoes".
Schools in Qatar are required to follow regulations handed down by the Supreme Education Council that say which texts are permitted or banned.