Teacher resigns over backlash from reading 'gay fairy tale' to students
Omar Currie and Meg Goodhand, respectively a teacher and vice principal of Efland-Cheeks Elementary School, have resigned over controversy surrounding a gay fairy tale that Currie read to third graders.
Currie read “King & King,” a story in which two princes fall in love and get married, after one of his students was called “gay” in a derogatory manner and was told that he was acting too much like a girl.
Although the book had been upheld by a school review committee, Principal Kiley Brown told Currie that parents must receive a list of all books read, and that’s when things went downhill.
Parent Brandy Davis and two other people filed formal complaints about the book, and Davis went on to appeal the ruling by the school review committee concerning the book.
“I’m just disappointed,” Currie said on Monday. He also said that he would prepare remarks but was unsure if he would even speak.
Currie has had five job interviews, all positive, including a few interviews for positions in Durham Public Schools.
“It’s nice to be told by administrators that my actions were correct,” he said.
“I still want to be very involved in the Efland community,” he continued, saying that he plans to be involved in tutoring and mentoring programs.