EFLAND, N.C. (AP) — A public meeting in a small North Carolina town over the reading of a story about a gay couple to third-graders has been canceled.


The News & Observer (http://bit.ly/1d46lEQ ) reports that the meeting was scheduled for Thursday night at Gravelly Hill Middle School in Efland and was expected to draw hundreds of people on both sides of the issue.

A statement released Thursday says the meeting was canceled because two appeals of an Orange County Schools review committee's upholding of the reading have been withdrawn.

Efland-Cheeks Elementary School teacher Omar Currie read his students "King & King," a children's story about a prince who falls in love with another prince.

Currie and Meg Goodhand, the assistant principal who gave him the book, later resigned.

A school committee upheld using the book, but multiple people appealed the ruling.