A teacher is drawing both praise and criticism for the way he handled a bullying situation with one of his students.
NORTH CAROLINA – Omar Currie, 25, a gay teacher of Efland-Cheeks Elementary School in Efland has resigned after he read a gay-themed children’s book to his third-grade class.
Omar Currie,25, said he read his students the book “King and King” a fairy tale about two princes having a “love” encounter, after he perceived negative gay stereotyping in his class.
Currie said that a boy in his class acted a little feminine, so he wanted to teach kids about two men “H00king Up”.
One student said that it made them uncomfortable, saying, ‘Well, I’ve never seen two men marry each other!’ Currie said: ‘Well, it’s normal to feel uncomfortable when you feel something new, but what is the moral? The moral is to treat people well, no matter who they are.’
When I read the story, the reaction of parents didn’t come into my mind. I read the book and had a conversation about treating people with respect and equality. My focus then was on the child, and helping the child.
Currie claimed his reasons for reading the book was because he knew what it is like to be bullied. Growing up gay and black in a small town in the eastern part of the state, his memories of middle school are of being a frequent target for teasing and slurs.
Currie has resigned from Efland-Cheeks Elementary School and said :
School administrators did not support my decision to influence little impressionable children with h0m0s*xual propaganda. I was “intimidated” by administrators because they didn’t agree with my decision, and asked me not to speak to the press. I felt they were trying to silence the conversation.
“King & King” tells the story of a crown prince who has “never cared much for princesses,” and ends up marrying another prince.
The book, first published in the Netherlands, was released in the United States in 2002 by Tricycle Press in Berkeley.