Educators quit after story of gay couple read to class

EFLAND, N.C. (WNCN) -A teacher and an assistant principal at an Orange County elementary school have resigned after controversy developed because of the reading of a controversial story to third grade students.

Orange County Schools said third-grade teacher Omar Currie and Assistant Principal Meg Goodhand of Efland-Cheeks Elementary submitted their resignations.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Omar Currie of Efland-Cheeks Elementary School read “King & King,” about two princes who fall in love, after a student was called gay and told he acted like a girl.

The newspaper said assistant principal Meg Goodhand gave him the book. A school committee upheld using the book.

But three people filed complaints, including a parent who appealed the ruling to the superintendent. A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday as part of the appeal.

Schools spokesman Seth Stephens said Monday that Currie and Goodhand have resigned.

“There was no way I was going to have the support I needed to continue teaching in Orange County,” Currie said, claiming that school system administrators were hostile to him during a meeting on the topic.

School principal Kiley Brown has said that in the future teachers will notify parents of every book read in the classroom and that parents will be given the choice to opt out of the lesson.

The newspaper says Goodhand wouldn’t comment.The Associated Press contributed to this article.


Colts GM: Anthony Castonzo to return next season

INDIANAPOLIS (WIBC) –When Indianapolis Colts General Manager spoke at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis Tuesday, he wasn’t just talking about the players the Colts could take in the upcoming draft.

He also discussed the return of an offensive lineman who has been with the Colts for nine years.

“Anthony Castonzo has informed me that he will play again, which of course, brought a big ole’ big smile to my face. We’re in the process of working on that right now,” Ballard said.

Castonzo had been contemplating retirement.

Ballard didn’t tip his hand as to who he could draft or who he’s considering, but he did talk about the performance about some of his players this year, namely Quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

“We did a two-year deal with Jacoby to find out what we had. We like Jacoby Brissett. It was almost a tale of two seasons with him. We’re 5-2 and he’s playing good football and then we had injuries as a team and we kind of slid down. To say that we’re going to create competition (at quarterback), well we’re going to create competition at any spot. That’s going to be a year-to-year thing,” Ballard said.

Brissett injured his knee in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers back in November. Ballard was asked if Brissett’s play following that game, where he struggled, had anything to do with the injury.

“I wouldn’t put it on the injury. Once you open training camp, everybody is knicked and dinged. They got to play through that and take care of their body, so I don’t want to put it on the injury with Jacoby,” Ballard said.

Ballard was asked what he’s looking for in a quarterback.

“I still think accuracy number, mental aptitude, and I don’t think this gets talked about enough, but be a fit with what you’re trying to do schematically offensively is critically important,” Ballard said.

The NFL Draft begins April 23.