During story time, a Florida teacher introduced first-graders to a book about gay bunnies.
A student named Noah asked his family about two boy bunnies wanting to get married, and it seems some parents got upset.
The Pinecrest Elementary School teacher, whose name has not been released, got in trouble for reading “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” in an elementary school several weeks ago without approval from the school district.
Kraig Hudson told WFTV his grandson came home and told his family about the rabbit, Marlon Bundo. Hudson said:
“Noah comes home one day and asks us if it’s OK for two male bunnies to get married. I said, ‘By our beliefs, no. But we do not judge nobody.'”
Henry has asked us to read A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo every night for almost two weeks now. I am so proud. pic.twitter.com/n2dEg0BNjU
— Angela (@aca902) May 3, 2018
“I don’t think it’s fair they are not telling the other parents about what they read.”
Parents’ complaints prompted school district officials to launch an investigation. Parent Kellie Cowart said:
“I wouldn’t mind, but I’m a very open person talking to my kids about that stuff. At the same time, a little heads-up would be nice.”
Another parent, Wendy Curry, said:
“It’s not something that should be in an elementary school. That’s for me to decide at home — what I want to teach my child and what I feel they are able to handle.”
The illustrated children’s book was created to mock Vice President Mike Pence’s family rabbit, Marlon Bundo, due to his stance on same-sex marriage.
The districts’ spokesperson released the following statement to WTSP:
The teacher is still working at this point. The investigation began around Jan. 28. It should hopefully be concluded this week. The report would then become available for public record 10 days after its conclusion.
— Leith Dunick (@LeithDunick) April 18, 2018
The Seminole County School District said it is unable to comment on the ongoing investigation.