Education

Efland school deems gay fairy tale OK for classes

Posted May 22, 2015

Efland parents are upset that a third-grade teacher read "King & King," a book about a gay prince's quest for love, to their children without informing them ahead of time.
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— 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.

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  • Luther Ingram May 23, 2015
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    [quote=14664058]Post by Pirmin Korzhakov[/quote Im white,male and a christian that likes women Pirmin whats your problem with that?

  • Tammy Rush May 23, 2015
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    It's not infanticide. Infanticide is illegal.

  • Uragoner Too May 23, 2015
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    That's right America they want your children and the sojourner in your house, just like in the days of Lot.

  • William Teach May 23, 2015
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    In other words, you have no viable rationale for indoctrinating, er, teaching 3rd graders about the gay lifestyle, in defiance of parent wishes.

  • Marcy Lyn May 23, 2015
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    Ok, But not for 3rd graders, maybe by 6th grade ? Just my opinion.

  • Pirmin Korzhakov May 22, 2015
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    There are more stories in life than heterosexual, white, evangelical (and male).

  • Anne Havisham May 22, 2015
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    Good for Mr. Currie, his students, and, ultimately, for all of us.

    I agree with Aanritsen Deur's comment; if sexuality were contagious, everyone born to straight parents or who ever heard a story in which the princess marries the prince would be straight. (Did anyone object that children are too young to hear stories in which straight couples kiss or marry?)

    It would be nice if we were to ditch our collective fascination with monarchy, though.

  • Anne Havisham May 22, 2015
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    Good for Mr. Currie, his students, and, ultimately, for all of us.

    I agree with Aanritsen Deur's comment; if sexuality were contagious, everyone born to straight parents or who ever heard a story in which the princess marries the prince would be straight. (Did anyone object that children are too young to hear stories in which straight couples kiss or marry?)

    It would be nice if we were to ditch our collective fascination with monarchy, though.

  • Aanritsen Deur May 22, 2015
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    What the parents of those who were raising Cain need to understand is, homosexuality can't be learned, it isn't contagious. In my cases, it is the way a person was born, an anomaly in the brain that makes a person little different than someone born deaf or blind or with any other anomaly which others would deem "imperfect" or "unusual" and although that's a matter of opinion for some, it's not mine.
    Love is hard enough to come by in this world of judgmental fools. Live and let live. If it's legal and it's not your life, it's not your business either.

  • Aanritsen Deur May 22, 2015
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    Not surprised and believe it should be approved if brought by a student for reading period.
    What I don't agree with is the lesson the teacher says he was trying to teach which was to stop bullying. How does this story teach that?