Omar Currie, Meg Goodhand resign in protest over gay fable controversy | Orange County | Indy Week
Pin It

Omar Currie, Meg Goodhand resign in protest over gay fable controversy 

Omar Currie

Photo by Alex Boerner

Omar Currie

After what Omar Currie says was a "hostile" private meeting with Orange County Schools administrators, the embattled third-grade teacher plus a top administrator at Efland-Cheeks Elementary have resigned.

Currie and Assistant Principal Meg Goodhand stepped down nearly two months after the teacher read the children's book King & King in the classroom, sparking an uproar that incensed a few local parents and galvanized LGBTQ advocates nationwide.

King & King tells the story of a fictional prince who defies pressure to choose a princess by marrying a man instead. The book closes with the two men sharing a kiss.

Goodhand, who declined to talk about her resignation, provided Currie with a copy of the book when he wanted to teach a lesson about anti-gay bullying in April.

"My reading of King & King was the 100 percent right thing to do," Currie said Monday. "It's obvious Orange County Schools is lacking leadership right now."

After Currie, who is openly gay, read the book, a handful of parents accused him of forcing pro-gay rights opinions on their children. Several parents then filed three formal complaints, prompting a school committee at Efland-Cheeks to review the book twice. Each time, the committee decided to keep the book at Efland-Cheeks.

Goodhand and a number of LGBTQ advocates also defended Currie in a heated public meeting last month.

But this week, a district committee appointed by the system's Interim Superintendent Pam Jones is expected to conduct its own review of King & King after parents continued to complain.

Currie said he chose to resign after administrators, in a private meeting more than a week ago, threatened him with disciplinary action and accused him of lying when he told the INDY last month that he feared a potentially career-damaging annual evaluation from his principal.

In that INDY story, Currie and other LGBTQ supporters criticized the school system and the Orange County Board of Education for failing to defend or support Currie.

"There was no way I was going to have the support I needed to continue teaching in Orange County," Currie said.

Orange County Schools spokesman Seth Stephens confirmed the system had received both Goodhand and Currie's resignations, which were effective Monday, June 15.

"The system certainly supports learning and teaching in the classroom," Stephens said. "Also, our other staff members and administration know there are policies to be followed and they follow him there."

However, Stephens said he does not know whether Currie violated any school policies when he read the book.

Currie said he is interviewing in other local school districts and hopes to work in Durham Public Schools.

Orange County Schools' committee review of the book is open to the public. It is scheduled for Thursday, June 18, at 6 p.m., at Gravelly Hill Middle School in Efland.

  • Orange County Schools will review book, King & King, again

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Orange County



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

In response to Joseph Pepe's comment: there's nothing realistic about letting the Brewers and Southeast Property Group game the system …

by sbeeman on Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm (Orange County)

The question has been raised "how many tractors are stored in the Brewer's barn?' How many tractors does it take …

by Joseph Pepe on Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm (Orange County)

So many questions come to mind after reading this article. In the photo attached to the article, the Brewers are …

by sbeeman on Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm (Orange County)

It is truly a tough situation for flood victims to overcome the damage of floods. It would not be possible …

by MelissaMueller on Chapel Hill had to decline FEMA money to buy flood-prone condos at Camelot Village (Orange County)

Heh. How many tractors are stored in the Brewers "barn"? Don't Orange County farmers usually live on their farm in …

by where's the beef? on Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm (Orange County)

Comments

In response to Joseph Pepe's comment: there's nothing realistic about letting the Brewers and Southeast Property Group game the system …

by sbeeman on Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm (Orange County)

The question has been raised "how many tractors are stored in the Brewer's barn?' How many tractors does it take …

by Joseph Pepe on Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm (Orange County)

© 2017 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation