A gay teacher read to the third graders in his class at a North Carolina elementary school a book published in 2003 that features two homosexual men getting married.
According to a local ABC television affiliate, parents angry over Omar Currie’s decision to read King and King to their children without informing them or seeking permission attended a meeting on Friday at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School to express their concerns.
Three complaints so far have been filed with the Orange County North Carolina School District, according to the ABC report, which included an interview with one of the parents who attended the meeting.
"Whether they're for it or against it, [parents] had a right to know,” said parent Rodney Davis, who has two children at the school. “That's the thing.”
“They had a right to know and no one knew," Davis said of parents not being informed about children’s book, classified as a fairy tale by reviewers.
“These are my children, these are not your children,” said Davis. “What gives you the right to tell me what they can listen to and what they can hear in our school? That’s bullying.”
“She made up her mind that the prince would marry and become king before the end of the summer,” the book states about the queen’s wish for her son, as seen on a video posted during Banned Book Week in 2012, in response to the book being taken out of other schools following similar parental protests.
As the story goes, the queen brings princesses from far away places to win the prince’s heart but he rejects them. It is not until the final princess appears with her own brother that the prince becomes interested.
“Presenting Princess Madeline and her brother Prince Lee,” the book text states. “At last the prince felt a stir in his heart”
“It was love at first sight,” the book text states.
“The wedding was very special,” the book reads. “The queen even shed a tear or two.”
The ABC report described Friday’s two-hour meeting with parents as “very explosive.”
“The Orange County School District has appointed a committee to review the text and weigh public comment,” said ABC. “The committee will decide next week if they will ban the book.”
CNSNews.com contacted the Orange County School District to see if any decision has been made about the book but no response to the question was received.
The ABC report says the teacher will decide by the end of the school year whether to resign his teaching post because of the backlash.