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Gay Teacher: Reading 'King & King' to Third-Graders Was Right Move

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 06:43 PM

North Carolina third-grade teacher Omar Currie, who read a book to his class about two princes who marry each other, tells Newsmax TV that he still believes he made the right decision.

When Currie, who is gay, witnessed one of his students being bullied by other students, who were calling him a woman and gay in a derogatory way, he thought reading "King & King" by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland would be a good way to make the students more sensitive to such issues, which is a tactic he says he's used in the past for different problems.

"We happened to be working on fairy tales within our reading block, and when I decided that I was going to address the issue without actually going the punishment route, 'King & King' was a book that came to mind," Currie told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" Tuesday.

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"We read 'King & King' while I was an undergrad so I had been exposed to the book there," the third-grade teacher from Efland-Cheeks Elementary in Efland, North Carolina, said.

The move has sparked anger from parents at the school, who said the book is inappropriate for third-graders, violated their biblical views on marriage, and that Currie was "bringing homosexuality into a school where it does not belong," The News and Observer reported.

Currie told the MidPoint host that when he made the decision to read the book it "never crossed his mind" that parents might object.

"From the time I was informed about the bullying to the time I read the book was only about 45 minutes to an hour and so that didn't even dawn on me until later that evening," he said.

"I think the reason why is that at no moment has a parent ever questioned any instructional decisions that I have made. Parents have always been very supportive," Currie said.

He said he is "very insulted" by those who have alleged that he was trying to push a gay agenda, but he did say that the parent who said that is not a parent of a student in his class.

Despite the controversy, Currie believes he made the right decision.

"The kid who was being bullied, he hasn't been bullied since, and he was so happy that I read the book that he shared that with a reading specialist at our school, and that's very powerful," the teacher said.

"Books are powerful tools, and it's important that in my classroom my students feel safe, and I have not had any kids have an issue or come to me since then with a bullying issue of this sort," Currie added.

However, due to the lack of support Currie says he has received from the school district, he says that he is considering resigning at the end of the school year.

"I expected that my district would be behind my instructional decision, and they would come out for it, and say that, 'We support Omar's decision to read this text,' but they haven't done that," he added. "It's made working very tense, quite honestly."

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