(Boston, Massachusetts) A Lexington,
Massachusetts elementary school that was at the center of a dispute with a
parent last year over a gay themed book is once more under attack.
This time the book is "King and King".
A teacher read the book to second-graders at the
Estabrook elementary school as part of a lesson about weddings. Following the
reading the teacher noted that same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts and
some children have two mommies and others have two daddies.
King and King is aimed at elementary school
children and helps teach diversity. The book, by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland,
tells the story of Prince Bertie who searches for love through a bevy of
eligible princesses before falling for Prince Lee.
The use of the book and the gay marriage comments
infuriated parent Robin Wirthlin. She complained to the school board that her
seven-year-old son should not be exposed to discussions of such at such an early
School superintendent Paul Ash said that
Lexington schools are committed to "teaching children about the world they
Last year another parent, David Parker, was
charged with trespassing when he refused to leave a school where he was
protesting against a different children's book with gay characters.
Parker became enraged when he discovered his
six-year old son had brought home the book "Who's in a Family.' (story)
The book by Robert Skutch, and illustrated by
Laura Nienhaus is aimed at children between three and seven. It catalogues a
variety of multicultural contemporary family units, including those with single
parents, lesbian and gay parents, mixed-race couples, grandparents and divorced