- The Washington Times - Monday, May 18, 2015

An elementary school teacher has spurred controversy in Efland, North Carolina, after he read a fairy tale story about gay marriage to his third-grade class.

Omar Currie, a 25-year-old teacher at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School, was criticized by angry parents after he read to his students Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland’s “King & King,” a fairy tale about two princes who fall in love and get married, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Mr. Currie, who is gay, said he decided to read the book after a boy in his class who acts “a little feminine” was being called gay in a derogatory way by other classmates.

Hundreds of parents and members of the community gathered at the elementary school last Friday night to discuss the book in a public forum that, at times, turned heated. A local CBS affiliate reported that extra sheriff’s deputies were on hand for security, and a local ABC affiliate said one parent was kicked out for being disruptive.

“Here in Orange County, I repeatedly heard from school officials that the book might have been appropriate to read in a more progressive area without parental consent, but in Efland we need time,” Mr. Currie said at the forum, The News & Observer reported.

“King & King” was the subject of a federal lawsuit in 2006 that was later dismissed, after parents in Massachusetts sued a school and a teacher who read the book aloud in class, The Times reported.

Although the use of the book was upheld in Efland, Mr. Currie said the backlash has caused him to reconsider his position with the school. He told the ABC affiliate that he is considering resigning and will make a decision at the end of the school year.

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