NC teacher, vice principal resign over controversial fairy tale
EFLAND, N.C. — A teacher and an assistant principal resigned from a North Carolina elementary school after parents complained that a gay fairy tale was read to their children, according to The News & Observer.
Third-grade teacher Omar Currie and assistant principal Meg Goodhand resigned from Efland-Cheeks Elementary School on Monday.
Currie told The News & Observer he felt that administrators no longer supported him after parents complained about him reading “King & King” to his students.
In the fairy tale, two princes fall in love and get married.
Carrie decided to read the book in class when he overheard a student call a boy in his class gay in a derogatory way.
According to The News & Observer, a school committee upheld his use of the book two times. Then the principal told teachers they would have to submit a list of books to parents in the future.
Since the controversy, Currie has interviewed for five different jobs, including a position with Durham Public Schools.
“It’s nice to be told by administrators that my actions were correct,” he told The News & Observer.
Currie said that despite the controversy he still wants to be involved in the Efland community.