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Wilmington Parents Angered By Children's Book About Gay Princes

Posted March 18, 2004 7:08 a.m. EST

— The parents of a Wilmington elementary school student are considering enrolling their daughter in another school because of a book she brought home from the library.

It's a children's story about a prince whose true love turns out to be another prince.

Michael Hartsell says he and his wife were in disbelief over "King and King" when the leading character waves off a bevy of eligible princes before picking another prince.

Hartsell says his child isn't old enough to understand the story, especially since the plot goes against his beliefs. The couple is keeping the book until they get assurances that it won't be circulated among students.

The librarian at Freeman Elementary School says the book has been on the shelves since early last year. She ordered the book in 2002.

So far, there's been no comment from the Berkeley, California-based publisher.