A public school district in North Carolina is allowing the use of a controversial fairy tale about gay marriage to be read in its elementary schools despite widespread community opposition.
Omar Currie, a former 3rd grade teacher at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School, read King & King – a book about two gay “princes” who fall in love and get married – to his third grade students in April after he said one student teased another by calling him “gay” in gym class.
Currie resigned this week after the parents of three students filed written complaints to the school media review committee. Meg Goodhand, the assistant principal at the school who loaned Currie her copy of the book to read to his third grade class, also resigned.
However, after several heated public debates attended by hundreds of people — in which Orange County sheriffs were on hand to keep the peace — the school review committee upheld the use of the book.