A North Carolina elementary school teachers resigns after causing controversy over his decision to read a gay-themed children’s book to his third-grade class in the small town of Efland.
Omar Currie read his students the fairy tale “King and King,” which is about two princes having a “love” encounter.
“When I read the story, the reaction of parents didn’t come into my mind. In that moment, it just seemed natural to me to read the book and have a conversation about treating people with respect. My focus then was on the child, and helping the child.”
Currie justified his reason to read the book by saying that he knew what it is like to be bullied.
“Growing up gay and black in a small town in the eastern part of the state, his memories of middle school are of being a frequent target for teasing and slurs.”
Currie was called to the principal’s office for a meeting a few hours after reading the book to his students.
The parents of some children then filed written complaints to the school’s review committee, which previously endorsed the use of the book after heated public meetings.
The school’s principal then issued a new rule that teachers must submit a list of all books they plan to read with students to their parents for a pre-approval.
Currie has since resigned from his teaching position “because he felt administrators did not support his decision to influence little impressionable children” with homosexuality.
Meg Goodhand, the school’s assistant principal who lent Currie the copy of the book, has also submitted a letter of resignation.