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Charlotte N.C. School Boss 'Screwed Up' In Banning Gay Penguin Book

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(Charlotte, North Carolina) Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent Peter Gorman says he " screwed this one up," when he arbitrarily directed senior staff to remove a book about gay penguins from schools.

Under Gorman's direction three of the district's senior administrators sent a memo to principals directing them to remove "And Tango Makes Three" from school libraries and classrooms.

The memo cited three reasons for the decision: it focuses on homosexuality, it was too controversial, and it was not vital to primary school students.

But when The Charlotte Observer asked for copies of complaints about the book Gorman told the paper he realized he had not followed the district's own policy - an error he blames on miscommunication with staff.

The policy calls for people with concerns to fill out an official complaint form.  It is then reviewed by an advisory committee and once a decision has been made it can be appealed.

The policy also warns that a book should not be removed until the full process is complete.

Following the Observer's questions to Gorman he instructed a committee review of the book.

"And Tango Makes Three," written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, is based on a true story of two male penguins, named Roy and Silo, who adopted an abandoned egg at New York City's Central Park Zoo in the late 1990s.

Silo and Roy are chinstrap penguins. They set up housekeeping together and for six years were completely devoted to each other and inseparable.

Their chief keeper, Rob Gramzay discovered that the couple put a rock simulating an egg in their nest and sat on it, keeping it warm in the folds of their abdomens.

Gramzay finally gave them a fertile egg that needed care to hatch. Things went perfectly. Roy and Silo sat on it for the typical 34 days until a chick, Tango, was born. For the next two and a half months they raised Tango, keeping her warm and feeding her food from their beaks until she could go out into the world on her own.

Zoologists say that it is an over simplification to call the penguins gay, but exactly what bound the two, and other examples of same-sex relationships among animals remains a mystery.

After "And Tango Makes Three" was written the penguin couple broke up. For a brief period Roy lived with a female penguin.

The book has raised objections from conservative groups and parents in seven states since it was published. Some school districts, such as Benton Heights Elementary in Monroe, North Carolina and Shiloh, Illinois removed it after parents complained. 

Public libraries, however, have resisted calls for the book's removal.

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Genocide, war, global warming and overpopulation and all these dip shits can do is ban some book about penguin behavior? I need a new planet.

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