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Parents protest gay fairy tale read to Efland third-graders

Posted May 15, 2015
Updated May 16, 2015

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— Dozens of angry parents demanded answers from Orange County Schools officials Friday evening after a third-grade teacher read a gay fairy tale to their children last week.

Efland-Cheeks Elementary School teacher Omar Currie read "King & King" to his class, but three parents complained that they weren't notified ahead of time that their children would hear a book about a homosexual man's quest for love and see a picture at the end of two princes kissing.

"These are my children. Who gives you the right to tell me what they can listen to and what they can hear in their school?" said Rodney Davis. "As a matter of fact, that is bullying me."

Parents said their third-graders are too young to learn about homosexuality.

"(You're) infiltrating young minds, indoctrinating children into a gay agenda and actively promoting homosexuality to steer our children in that direction," said Lisa Baptist.

Currie said he read the book to his class after one of his students was bullied.

"They only way to combat school bullying is teachers engaging in difficult, yet powerful, conversations with their students," he said.

Parents who support the book said Currie introduced his students to tolerance of all people.

"I appreciate the fact that the teacher was willing to address this issue and was willing to approach this topic in his classroom," Kim Grooms said.

Orange County Schools administrators upheld the use of the children's book in class after the first complaint, but they decided to hold a public meeting to address the subsequent complaints.

"The policy manual for the district stipulates that a meeting like this will occur. Also, it's important that stakeholders have an opportunity to have their voices heard in the educational program," school district spokesman Seth Stephens said.

The school district brought in extra Orange County deputies to keep a lid on tensions at the meeting.

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  • Elaine Hardy May 19, 2015
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    In another few years, Lisa Baptist will remind you of these women - now, don't they look RIDICULOUS? :

    http://rubybridgesfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Picture-4.jpg

  • Anthony Snark May 17, 2015
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    Yeah tell that to my wife. Seems you protest too much.

  • Jamal Jensen May 17, 2015
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    The wisest comment here.

  • Bubba Zanetti May 17, 2015
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    Didn't realize you were "straight" (something about protesting too much.) My bad.

  • Anthony Snark May 17, 2015
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    And if man is so much better and above the animals, why do so many believe in magical sky people?

  • Brian Jones May 17, 2015
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    Wow! Are you using the "it occurs in nature/ animals do it" justification. You are so cute and precious.......... Man is supposed to rise above the level of the animal. Nature is full of parasitic tapeworms and leeches and deer ticks that drink other creatures blood, nature has "whooping cough" which painfully destroys little children, nature has lions which kill other lion's babies, nature has stronger baboons in Africa which torture the weaker baboons........The "animals do it" argument is so painfully weak, it is laughable.

  • Anthony Snark May 17, 2015
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    Yes, that term is misused. But so is the term "lifestyle". It's not a lifestyle, it is who they are.

  • Bradley Lester May 17, 2015
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    Love the sinner, hate the sin. I hurt for this world and pray for everyone. May God have mercy on all of us because at the end of the day we fall short of his glory. The great part is he is merciful and gives salvation to those that accept him as their savior. I hope you all do. God bless yall.

  • Tammy Rush May 16, 2015
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    "Sodom and Gomorrah......"

    Silly bible story made to scare people.

    "Its not a natural relationship."

    Homosexuality occurs in nature.

    "Everything in nature thrives becasue opposites attract......likes repel like magnets."

    "Everything"?? No. And "opposites attract" has no bearing on human relationships.

    "There would be no world and no creation if nature was homosexual...Life would just die out."

    If nature were strictly homosexual your statement would have merit. But life goes on even with the occurrence of homosexuality, so your point is meaningless.

  • Bubba Zanetti May 16, 2015
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animals_displaying_homosexual_behavior

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