About Teacher Omar Currie’s Claim About Bullying…

This past month at Efland Cheeks Elementary, 8 and 9 year-old kids were read a ‘fairytale’ that contained themes about homosexuality by teacher Omar Currie.

Currie claimed this book was chosen and read due to an incident of bullying he witnessed. News and Observer captured this claim:

The incident began when some students started calling a boy who acts “a little feminine” a girl and “the term gay was used in a derogatory way,” Currie said.

He called the school’s media center, which did not have the book but referred him to Goodhand, who gave him a copy, Currie said. He read it during a read-aloud period.

The next day, Currie said Brown told him he should have notified parents beforehand.

It is this claim made by Mr. Currie that prompted him to take matters into his own hands with the reading of King and King.

No incident report has been found substantiating this claim. No parent has spoken up to say their kid was involved. No media outlet has followed up to confirm this claim. As evidenced by the outraged parents, none of them were told of the alleged ‘bullying’ incident or the reading of the book.

The book was given to him by Assistant Principal, Meg Goodhand. Goodhand, like Currie, is apparently also gay.

From Goodhand’s bio at ‘LGBTinTheSouth.com’ with emphasis added:

Meg Goodhand is currently an assistant principal at Efland-Cheeks Elementary in Orange County. Meg’s recent studies focused on the barriers presented by the heteronormative culture of schools for children that are gender diverse and/or LGBTQ. She asserts social activists must focus on the elementary school culture to begin to confront heterosexism and homophobia at this early and crucial period of development. Meg ‘s research shares a perspective that through transformative learning opportunities, educators can reframe their attitudes, beliefs and knowledge about gender nonconformity, the LGBTQ community and the heteronormative culture within schools and society. Ideally, with this new understanding, educators as social justice leaders will be willing to disrupt the heteronormative culture of a classroom and their schools.
Currently Meg serves on the board of Safe Schools NC.  Safe Schools NC is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to creating a safe and positive environment for all students and educators in North Carolina, with an emphasis on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.

As the LGBT in The South bio notes, Goodhand serves on the board of ‘Safe Schools NC‘ as a Board member at Large.  So does Omar Currie.

The purpose of Safe Schools NC as stated on their website, “Safe Schools NC is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to creating a safe and positive learning environment for all students and educators in North Carolina, with an emphasis on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.

View the NC Secretary of State profiles for Safe Schools NC.

On April 17th and 18th, LGBT in The South held a conference in Asheville, NC.

Scrolling down the list of events and presentations, we find Ms. Goodhand and Mr. Currie representing Safe Schools NC in a presentation titled, The Past, Present, and Future of LGBTQ Safe Spaces In Southern Schools.

Here’s the description of the session with emphasis added:

This blended presentation is intended for a diverse audience of practitioners, activists, teachers or anyone interested in creating safe positive school cultures for all students. The hour-and-a-half workshop will incorporate both research findings and related practical activities meant to elicit audience participation.
The first component, The Power of Story and Identity: Understanding LGBTQ Education In The South, will reveal issues of hope, happiness, and leadership within LGBTQ youth. We believe in both the power of student stories and teacher identity to create safe mental and physical spaces for positive LGBTQ self-regard. To that end, we will address the institutions and historical events which have led to the present-day LGBTQ academic experience.

We will then present on the impact of narrativity in supporting positive LGBTQ identity and self-concept in students. Last but never least, we will highlight the ways in which schools and organizations affect the authenticity of gay teachers and their straight allies.

The second component, Disrupting Heteronormative School Cultures, will help participants identify and define terminology associated with the LGBTQ community. We will explore the manifestations of homophobia within the schools, share and reflect upon the barriers to disrupting heterosexism, and collaborate on ways school leaders and teachers can confront homophobic language/actions/curricula within the schools. This component will share resources and statewide counterpublics that support LGBTQ youth and teachers.

This conference and presentation took place immediately preceding the so far unsubstantiated claim of ‘bullying’ and subsequent reading of King and King.

Was this reading done to combat bullying or to advance a social justice agenda clearly laid out by Currie and Goodhand? Either way, arguably the actions of these two individuals usurped the rights of parents to decide about sensitive materials and topics for their children.

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Jeb Bush Mocks Hillary For Not Answering Questions, Then Wiffs Himself

Jeb Bush has a question problem.

First, he mocks Hillary Clinton for avoiding questions:

Then he can’t answer any himself:

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. –After his most challenging week yet on the campaign trail, Jeb Bush found solace here at the tony Phoenician Resort not with a trip to the spa but by engaging in nearly five hours of closed door meetings Thursday with dozens of Republican National Committee members in town for the RNC’s quarterly meeting. He got dressed down about his support for Common Core, was asked questions he couldn’t answer and even ended up making an impromptu appearance on the radio – in Guam. But according to committeemen and state party chairs who attended the private meetings, the face-time with Bush accomplished something significant: they got a much better feel for the candidate and were impressed by his command of a wide range of policy issues. Politico

But remember, Jeb had an answer for parents who oppose the Common Core. Bush insulted them and then told them we need to be more like China. Related:

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ABC11: Teacher Omar Currie Thinking of Resigning Over Book ‘Backlash’

Over the last week, parents have blown up over the reading of a homosexual themed ‘fairytale’ to 3rd grade children. This incident has taken another turn.

Quick back story:

  • The teacher who read the book is named Omar Currie.
  • The book is called King and King.
  • Currie claims to have read this book to combat ‘bullying’ and cited an alleged incident where a student used the term ‘gay’ in a derogatory manner. The incident was never been confirmed to have even happened.
  • Parents were not informed of this book being read to their 8 and 9-year-old kids and they pretty much let loose their displeasure on the school.
    (See: Teacher Omar Currie knows what is best for your child)

Now it looks like Currie is considering resigning according to ABC 11:

Currie is considering resigning from the school following the book backlash. He told ABC11 he will make a decision at the end of the school year.

ABC 11’s report also includes the information that 3 complaints have been filed. So, is this possibly ‘resigning’ over the backlash or because he likely will be shown the door anyway?

Currie has only been a teacher for about two years according to his LinkedIn profile. If th is gig doesn’t work out, he can always go back to acting and modeling.

Oh Hey — parents in the Efland area?  You need to take on your PTA president next. Get a load of what she told ABC 11 about King and King:

“To me, it’s very kid appropriate. It didn’t use words that children wouldn’t understand,” said PTA President Paquita Lyons.

Just. Wow.

Faceplam StupidBy Lyons logic, if the book had used big grown-up words, it would have been inappropriate??

I just… I mean… holy geez… what?!?!

Ms. Lyons, if you’re reading this — I want you to know after reading that quote from you, I hurt myself facepalming.

According to the Efland PTA Google Site, parents can contact Ms. Lyons about lexile matters and homosexuality themed books here: pburnette3@gmail.com

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