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Meg Goodhand and Omar Currie

When: Thu., July 9, 7 p.m. 2015

MEG GOODHAND AND OMAR CURRIE

THURSDAY, JULY 9, DURHAM

THE REGULATOR BOOKSHOP—When I think of Omar Currie, the Orange County teacher who sparked a national debate by reading a LGBT-friendly children's book in the classroom, I am reminded of a middle school teacher of mine who—parents be damned—showed Steven Spielberg's 1993 Holocaust epic, Schindler's List. A grim, ultra-violent film, it's powerful stuff nonetheless. After a few parents complained, my teacher was fired. More than a history lesson, it taught me about bravery and conviction. While such qualities aren't in the official job description for teachers, educators such as Currie and Meg Goodhand show that sometimes they are an implicit requirement. Both resigned last month after Currie read King & King in a third-grade classroom to teach a lesson about bullying. Goodhand, the school's assistant principal, loaned Currie the book, which, for now, has withstood parents' attempts to ban it in Orange County Schools. Something tells me this lesson will linger for Currie's students. See him read the Dutch children's book at The Regulator with Goodhand tagging along. The store will sell copies at a 20 percent discount so you can donate the book to a local school or educator. 7 p.m., free, 720 Ninth St., Durham, 919-286-2700, www.regulatorbookshop.com. —Billy Ball

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