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Parents of first-grade girl angered by children's book about gay princes
Star Tribune ^ | March 18, 2004 | Associated Press

Posted on 03/18/2004 5:17:04 AM PST by wallcrawlr

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The parents of a first-grader are fuming over the book their daughter brought home from the school library: a children's story about a prince whose true love turns out to be another prince.

Michael Hartsell said he and his wife, Tonya, couldn't believe it when Prince Bertie, the leading character in ``King & King,'' waves off a bevy of eligible princes before falling for Prince Lee.

The book ends with the princes marrying and sharing a kiss.

``I was flabbergasted,'' Hartsell said. ``My child is not old enough to understand something like that, especially when it is not in our beliefs.''

The 32-page book by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland was published in March 2002 by Tricycle Press, the children's division of Ten Speed Press of Berkeley, Calif. A follow-up, ``King & King & Family,'' was recently published.

The publisher's Web site lists the books as intended for readers age 6 and up.

Barbara Hawley, librarian and media coordinator at Freeman Elementary School, said the book has been on the library's shelves since early last year.

``What might be inappropriate for one family, in another family is a totally acceptable thing,'' said Elizabeth Miars, Freeman's principal.

Hawley said she couldn't comment on the book because she hadn't seen it. She declined to say whether she knowingly selected a book on gay marriage.

The Hartsells said they are keeping the book until they get assurances it won't be circulated. But Hawley said all county schools have a committee that reviews books after their appropriateness is questioned, and the Hartsells must make a written complaint and return the book for review.

The Hartsells said they intend to file such a complaint and are considering transferring their daughter.

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1 posted on 03/18/2004 5:17:04 AM PST by wallcrawlr
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To: wallcrawlr
Just damn.
2 posted on 03/18/2004 5:18:20 AM PST by mware
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To: wallcrawlr
Charles Hanover-Windsor could not be reached for comment.
3 posted on 03/18/2004 5:20:18 AM PST by Clemenza (Repeal the Rockefeller AND Sullivan Laws!)
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To: wallcrawlr
Sensitivity/tolerance training starts early these days. Another fine example of your tax dollars at work.
4 posted on 03/18/2004 5:20:51 AM PST by shezza (Got Ultrakonservativen?)
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To: billbears; Constitution Day; mykdsmom
Our neck-o-the-woods ping
5 posted on 03/18/2004 5:22:17 AM PST by azhenfud ("He who is always looking up seldom finds others' lost change...")
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To: wallcrawlr
This kind of thing has been done before:


6 posted on 03/18/2004 5:22:31 AM PST by jtminton (T.R.O.P. is tripe!)
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To: wallcrawlr
Come on folks, this isn't the 90's anymore! I'm going to get me a bottle of Bum Wine to stir my Muse and start writing kidz books.

Tommy's Mommy is 12

Billy's Dad Goes to the Bath house

Cletus is his own uncle

Mary lives in a big Trailer Park with 50 ugly Lesbians

I'm on the road to the Today Show! Katie Curic interviews America's Hottest Children's Author, Albert Wang!

7 posted on 03/18/2004 5:26:25 AM PST by AlbertWang
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To: wallcrawlr
Prince Bertie, the leading character in ``King & King,'' waves off a bevy of eligible princes before falling for Prince Lee

Does Ernie know about this?

8 posted on 03/18/2004 5:27:00 AM PST by BikePacker
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To: wallcrawlr
Perhaps a reading of The Emperor's New Clothes would point out the foolishness of pretending that the abnormal is normal.
9 posted on 03/18/2004 5:27:02 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: wallcrawlr
They say homosexuals don't target children. But then, why are they trying so hard to get little children to read books about homosexuals?

Homosexuals are mentally ill and they are filled with a destructuve hate. All of 'em.

10 posted on 03/18/2004 5:27:50 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (You can see it coming like a train on a track.)
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To: AlbertWang
Swear to my soul, I was talking to my son one night when he blurted out "Suzie's dad is a woman". I about swallowed my teeth. Sure enough, my wife saw Suzie in the Walmart and her dad dresses like a woman. The beard gave him away.
11 posted on 03/18/2004 5:30:16 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: wallcrawlr
``I was flabbergasted,'' Hartsell said. ``My child is not old enough to understand something like that, especially when it is not in our beliefs.''

But she's old enough to be conditioned.

12 posted on 03/18/2004 5:30:26 AM PST by FrdmLvr
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To: jtminton
Where'd they hide the oars?
13 posted on 03/18/2004 5:30:37 AM PST by Fifth Business
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To: wallcrawlr
Build your library...


14 posted on 03/18/2004 5:30:38 AM PST by BikePacker
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To: wallcrawlr
People should simply check books like this out of the library, then "keep" them for a very long time.
15 posted on 03/18/2004 5:31:07 AM PST by zook
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To: wallcrawlr
It's truly disgusting what these twisted maniacs are doing to our children.

For some odd reason they feel compelled to spread their mental illness throughout society.
16 posted on 03/18/2004 5:31:39 AM PST by AAABEST (<a href="http://www.angelqueen.org">Traditional Catholicism is Back and Growing</a>)
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To: AlbertWang
Tommy's Mommy is 12
Billy's Dad Goes to the Bath house
Cletus is his own uncle
Mary lives in a big Trailer Park with 50 ugly Lesbians

Hilarious.

17 posted on 03/18/2004 5:32:32 AM PST by sockmonkey
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To: ClearCase_guy
Phaggots hold nothing sacred. Not the church, not marriage, not children, not family, not law, not themselves. Nothing. Totally morally bankrupt, pathetic perverts.
18 posted on 03/18/2004 5:34:12 AM PST by azhenfud ("He who is always looking up seldom finds others' lost change...")
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To: AAABEST
And the Homofascists scoff at the idea that a "homosexual agenda" exists...
19 posted on 03/18/2004 5:36:16 AM PST by Guillermo (Kerry, Zapatero, Chirac and Schroeder support granting Al Qaeda a seat on the UN Security Council.)
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To: AlbertWang; sockmonkey
"Cletus is His own Uncle" tops the chart!

Truly a rib-bruiser!
20 posted on 03/18/2004 5:37:01 AM PST by azhenfud ("He who is always looking up seldom finds others' lost change...")
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To: wallcrawlr
I'd go ballistic if my kid came home with a book like this. It's an outrage that children are being propagandized in this manner.
21 posted on 03/18/2004 5:38:26 AM PST by veronica ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people." GW Bush 1-20-04)
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To: wallcrawlr; BikePacker; jtminton
More for the budding multi-culti's kiddie library...


22 posted on 03/18/2004 5:38:59 AM PST by shhrubbery!
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To: wallcrawlr
``What might be inappropriate for one family, in another family is a totally acceptable thing,'' said Elizabeth Miars, Freeman's principal.
 
Hmmmm... I wonder if they have a Bible in that library?

Owl_Eagle

" WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
DIVERSITY IS STRENGTH"


23 posted on 03/18/2004 5:39:27 AM PST by South Hawthorne (I AIN'T GOT TIME FO' YOUR JIBBA-JABBA, FOOL!!! ~Mr. T.)
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To: wallcrawlr
I've been saying for years that Freepers ought to stop ridiculing Massachusetts and pay attention to your own states, because this perversion is headed your way. Honest to God, what is this country coming to?
24 posted on 03/18/2004 5:39:53 AM PST by cloud8
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To: wallcrawlr
Heather Has Two Mommies
by Leslea Newman, Diana Souza (Illustrator)
See more product details

Better Together

Buy this book with Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite today!
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25 posted on 03/18/2004 5:45:31 AM PST by shhrubbery!
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To: cloud8
Freepers shoulc consider running for their local school boards to expose this stuff.

These are SCHOOL libraries not public libraries.
26 posted on 03/18/2004 5:45:36 AM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: wallcrawlr
The Hartsells said they intend to file such a complaint and are considering transferring their daughter.

They ought to consider homeschooling their child if they want to keep her away from this kind of filth.

Barbara Hawley, librarian and media coordinator at Freeman Elementary School, said the book has been on the library's shelves since early last year.

Hawley said she couldn't comment on the book because she hadn't seen it.

Hold it. This woman is putting books on the shelves of the elementary school library without knowing their content? (Like the title was not enough of a hint?)

She is either grossly incompetent (in which case she should be fired) or a terrible liar.

The publisher's Web site lists the books as intended for readers age 6 and up.

Now I want some homoapologist to come and tell me these sickos are not targeting our kids. I will enjoy pulling this out and calling them baldfaced liars.

27 posted on 03/18/2004 5:48:13 AM PST by Houmatt (The FMA: For your children's future.)
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To: Owl_Eagle
Probably not. But I bet they have a Koran.
28 posted on 03/18/2004 5:48:28 AM PST by macrahanish #1
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To: wallcrawlr
The parents are going to have to transfer their daughter to a "less enlightened" public school (good luck) or a private school because homosexual indoctrination is now firmly entrenched in most public schools.

29 posted on 03/18/2004 5:51:09 AM PST by ladylib
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To: BikePacker
Is it me or is there something not quite right about the way those two guys are gazing upon that kid on the cover of My Two Uncles?
30 posted on 03/18/2004 5:52:19 AM PST by Houmatt (The FMA: For your children's future.)
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To: cloud8; Howlin
Freepers ought to stop ridiculing Massachusetts and pay attention to your own states

You're right. Whoda thunk this nonsense would pop up in North Carolina?

31 posted on 03/18/2004 5:52:36 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: jtminton
Is it just me, or does it not look like the roomate is "checking out" the kid?
Does the story end in a homo-cide committed by the jealous dad?
Uh, nevermind, I really don't want to know...


32 posted on 03/18/2004 5:55:25 AM PST by wolicy_ponk (If con is the opposite of pro, is congress the opposite of progress?)
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To: Fifth Business
I'm not sure, but at least they got the shirts right.
33 posted on 03/18/2004 5:55:58 AM PST by jtminton (T.R.O.P. is tripe!)
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To: wolicy_ponk
The room mate bears an uncanny resemblence to Bill Clinton.
34 posted on 03/18/2004 5:57:24 AM PST by ladylib
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To: wolicy_ponk
They had this book in our public library back in the early 90's. There was a special display of 'banned books in America' and this was one of them. I have to tell you, it was a pretty funny book. I was in high school at the time and more than one photocopy from this book found itself taped to some lockers. Ah. . . memories. . .
35 posted on 03/18/2004 5:57:55 AM PST by jtminton (T.R.O.P. is tripe!)
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To: wallcrawlr
"``What might be inappropriate for one family, in another family is a totally acceptable thing,'' said Elizabeth Miars, Freeman's principal."

No, Ms. Miars...............you're just another droolingly-stupid, worthless, ultra-liberal, never-got-laid-in-college liberal educrat. Dime a dozen.

36 posted on 03/18/2004 5:58:15 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: zook
People should simply check books like this out of the library, then "keep" them for a very long time.

This might do the trick. One could also discreetly lose some key pages. Or maybe insert some new ones?

37 posted on 03/18/2004 5:58:20 AM PST by A. Pole (<SARCASM> The genocide of Albanians was stopped in its tracks before it began.</S>)
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To: mhking

You may find this interesting


38 posted on 03/18/2004 5:58:52 AM PST by Fiddlstix (This Space Available for Rent or Lease by the Day, Week, or Month. Reasonable Rates. Inquire within.)
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To: Houmatt
They are trying out for the new TV series "Touched By An Uncle".
39 posted on 03/18/2004 6:02:30 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Houmatt; little jeremiah
Hold it. This woman is putting books on the shelves of the elementary school library without knowing their content? (Like the title was not enough of a hint?)

She is either grossly incompetent (in which case she should be fired) or a terrible liar. ....she is lying! Librarian's get a review of all books before they are recieved!!!!

40 posted on 03/18/2004 6:03:36 AM PST by GrandMoM (GOD is working in secret, behind the scenes even when it looks like nothing will ever change! JM)
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To: A. Pole
Or maybe insert some new ones?

I was thinking about inserting the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.

41 posted on 03/18/2004 6:03:58 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: wallcrawlr
The Hartsells said they intend to file such a complaint and are considering transferring their daughter...

They have not already done this? It was a mistake to trust their precious child to the tender mercies of the Berkeley School Board in the first place. They should correct this error as soon as possilbe.

42 posted on 03/18/2004 6:05:18 AM PST by bondjamesbond (Judge Roy Moore is our Ralph Nader. If you want to live under Sharia Law, support Roy Moore in 2004)
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To: wallcrawlr
There are two Catholic elementary schools in Berkeley, CA.

School of the Madeleine

St. Joseph the Worker

These parents should quit whining and pick one!

43 posted on 03/18/2004 6:09:42 AM PST by bondjamesbond (Judge Roy Moore is our Ralph Nader. If you want to live under Sharia Law, support Roy Moore in 2004)
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To: bondjamesbond
The book was from Berkeley, the family is from North Carolina.
44 posted on 03/18/2004 6:10:52 AM PST by T.Smith
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To: wallcrawlr
Ooops. They are not in Berkeley. Where did I get that idea? Oh well, I am sure the same is true of whatever community they are in.
45 posted on 03/18/2004 6:10:59 AM PST by bondjamesbond (Judge Roy Moore is our Ralph Nader. If you want to live under Sharia Law, support Roy Moore in 2004)
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To: GrandMoM; Houmatt; little jeremiah
Thank God for the NEA and teacher's unions. /sarc
46 posted on 03/18/2004 6:16:54 AM PST by jtminton (T.R.O.P. is tripe!)
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To: wallcrawlr
Principal - Ms. Elizabeth Miars emiars@nhcs.k12.nc.us
Assistant Principal - Mr. Macy McRae mmcrae@nhcs.k12.nc.us
2601 Princess Place Drive
Wilmington, North Carolina 28405
Phone: (910)251-6011
Fax: (910)251-6013
Freeman Email Address: freeman@nhcs.k12.nc.us
Media Center Coordinator : Ms. Barbara Hawley
bhawley@nhcs.k12.nc.us


That comment about 'what might not be appropriate for one parent is fine for another' (blah blah blah) really gets me. It's a total cop-out.

So why not put in books on making bombs and methamphetamine? (Just an example) Hmmm? Surely there can be standards the majority of Wilmington would accept and not. Good grief.

I just bet you you won't find that many Bible stories at that school's library.
47 posted on 03/18/2004 6:17:10 AM PST by agrarianlady
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To: jtminton
...but at least they got the shirts right.

Ha! They are thimply fab-u-luth!

48 posted on 03/18/2004 6:17:19 AM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Oh boy, I can't wait to eat that monkey!"--Abe Simpson)
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To: 17th Miss Regt
LOL! That is classic...if not a little disturbing b/c you may be right in a few years...
49 posted on 03/18/2004 6:18:02 AM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Oh boy, I can't wait to eat that monkey!"--Abe Simpson)
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To: wallcrawlr
I made it a point to read books that were 'banned' by my highschool. Uncut versions of CAtcher in the Rye, Brave New World, etc.

Didn't see what was so wrong with them. Expanded my horizons a great deal, too.

However, "Heather has 2 Mommies" has no place in 1st grade. How about a more apt book like "Daddy's Gay and Depressed" or "Uncle Jim caught syphillis at the bathhouse"? If you're going to talk about homosexuality, let's talk about all the pieces of it.....not just the 'happy' side of it.

Fred Reed wrote an excellent column on gay marriage awhile back. (www.fredoneverything.net) He stated that if 2 men can marry, why not a man and a sheep? Or a man and a blowup doll? Then we can have books like "Billy's Mommy lives in the barn" and "Billy's Mommy Softens when Hot".

When rational people talk about the idea of gay marriage being acceptable, I feel like I'm in the theater of the absurd. What's next?

50 posted on 03/18/2004 6:18:43 AM PST by wbill
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