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Elementary Teacher Resigns After Reading Book About Gay Couple

Alexis Gulino Contributor

A North Carolina teacher quit after reading a story about a gay couple to his class at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School.

Third grade teacher Omar Currie read to his class “King & King,” a fairytale about two princes falling in love. The story is a well-known children’s book by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland.

Currie claims he chose it for the class after one of his students was told he was gay and acted like a girl.

According to the News & Observer, assistant principal Meg Goodhand gave Currie the book to read to students.

A school committee decided to uphold the use of the book, but parents appealed the decision causing Principal Kiley Brown to tell Currie that teachers would have to submit a list of all books read to the students.

Both Currie and Goodhand resigned after three separate people, including a parent, filed complaints.

Currie said , “I’m just disappointed.” Regarding his plans for the future, Currie said he has had five job interviews, each with positive outcomes. 

“It’s nice to be told by administrators that my actions were correct.”