Efland school deems gay fairy tale OK for classes
Posted May 22, 2015
Efland, N.C. — An Orange County school said Friday that it won't remove a gay fairy tale that a third-grade teacher recently read to his class.
Three parents complained after Efland-Cheeks Elementary School teacher Omar Currie read "King & King" to his class. They said the book was inappropriate for children that age, and at least one said parents should have been notified in advance.
The children's book is about a homosexual man's quest for love and includes a picture at the end of two princes kissing.
Efland-Cheeks Elementary officials upheld the book after the initial complaint, but when the subsequent complaints were lodged, officials held a community meeting last Friday to discuss the matter.
Dozens of angry parents crowded into the meeting, but some people expressed support for Currie and the book.
After the meeting, school officials looked at the book again and decided that having it in the third-grade class didn't violate anyone's constitutional or legal rights. In a statement issued Friday, they said removing it from the class would be unwarranted.