Local media outlets are reporting that teacher Omar Currie and Assistant Principal Goodhand have resigned from Efland Cheeks Elementary over the reading of a Gay Fairy Tale to 8 and 9-year-old Third graders.
— A.P. Dillon – LL1885 (@LadyLiberty1885) June 16, 2015
In fact, it is News and Observer is the one reporting these two school employees have resigned.
“Omar Currie and Meg Goodhand of Efland-Cheeks Elementary School submitted resignation letters, Orange County Schools spokesman Seth Stephens said Monday.”
I have it on good authority from multiple parties associated with Efland Cheeks Elementary that school officials informed them that the pair did not just ‘resign’, but in fact paperwork back in March of their intent not to return to Efland Cheeks the next year.
I reached out to Mr. Stephens on these ‘resignations’ earlier today. Stephens could not comment on the “intent” letters due to confidentiality reasons.
Stephens was able to confirm claims that the original meeting covered by News and Observer had a “large number of attendees not from Efland Cheeks Elementary”, including the Mayor of Carboro. This confirms complaints by parents who did attend that the crowd was “astroturfed by LGBT activists”. Stephens has offered to send me the list of attendees.
I invite Mr. Currie and Ms. Goodhand to comment here or to contact me to either verify or deny such ‘intent’ paperwork was filed. Current attempts to reach them for comment have gone unanswered.
I also inquired with Mr. Stephens as to whether a report of this alleged bullying incident was filed. ” No report of bullying in Currie’s classroom, “, said Stephens, “or in the entire Third grade at Efland Cheeks was report this year.”
I’ve also been in touch with many of the families involved in the alleged bullying incident as reported by Currie. Three families have countered his claim that the ‘bullying’ incident did not occur in the fashion Currie has recounted to date. In fact, Currie has changed or altered his story three times now.
The incident did not involve students bullying another student using a ‘gay slur’, but instead an argument over access to a “station” during their Specials program. A teacher intervened, and from the report I received, the intervening teacher was the one doing the bullying which resulted in a young girl crying.
It was indicated to me that the young boy who was the alleged target of the alleged slurs or insults actually had been the one to insult another person earlier in the school year — that person being Mr. Currie himself.
Parents at the school also tell me that Currie did not contact all the parents. Several families were left out of communications. Conspicuously, these families self-identified as Christian.
It was also brought to my attention by two separate parents that the day the alleged incident occurred, no parents were contacted and the book was read that very same day. Apparently, Assistant Principal Goodhand had it waiting and ready to give to Currie.
Three complaints are filed and, according to the parents, will remained filed despite the ‘resignations’ and alleged pressure being put on them from the school to drop the complaints. The next public meeting is June 18th, 6pm at Gravelly Hill Middle School, in Efland.
Again, I invite Mr. Currie and Ms. Goodhand to affirm or deny they filed paperwork with the intent not to return to Efland Cheeks next year prior to their “resignations”.