Worried Beaufort County parents address school curriculum concerns

BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) -Several parents voiced their concerns at a school board meeting in the east Tuesday night as some say they’re worried about what’s being taught in the school system.

There’s been a strong debate amongst parents and educators in the Beaufort County community about what kids are learning.

“It’s America you can do what you want, but don’t jam that stuff on our kids,” said concerned community member, Adam O’Neal. “Don’t take Christian children and jam this junk on top of them. It’s wrong.”

O’Neal and others believe the school system’s current curriculum is aligned with the LGBTQ community.

He says there are LGBTQ books in libraries at elementary schools in the county.

“We have elementary kids being sent home with gay and lesbian books,” O’Neal said. “Does anybody care?”

O’Neal also says different genders are being taught in the early college program at Beaufort County Community College.

Dr. Dave Loope, who’s the college’s president, addressed O’Neal’s claims during Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

“Colleges must acquaint our students with concepts that are sometimes unpopular so that tomorrow’s leaders can judge for themselves what’s right, wrong, true, or false,” Loope said.

In front of a packed house, O’Neal expressed his frustrations with the board because he believes they allowed the LGBTQ curriculum.

However, they say he’s misinforming the community with a letter he’s been sending out.

“I don’t like being called a liar by anybody especially when I know they don’t know what they’re talking about,” said Board of Education Vice Chair, Terry Williams.

The board says O’Neal’s letter stated false information about the school curriculum, which they later addressed in a resolution saying:

Some sided with O’Neal, but others believe he’s wrong.

O’Neal also says the critical race theory is being taught among other things but, the board says none of those things are true as they’ve spoken with many teachers in the school system.

The board says they recognize the importance of the parent’s primary role in their child’s development and aim to provide a sound education for them.