Trustee’s Lack of Response Raises Concerns
Despite his anti-woke stance and role as a trustee at Cannon School, Grey Mills never publicly addressed the inclusion of controversial books on the school’s summer reading lists. This silence has raised eyebrows among parents and community members.
Books with Controversial Themes
One of the books, titled “Pink is for Boys,” appeared on Cannon School’s 2021 Kindergarten Summer reading list. It is worth noting that this book is sold on The Little Gay Shop, an online store that identifies as a “queer marketplace.” The book challenges traditional gender norms and encourages self-expression.
Another book called “Illegal” was included on the school’s 7th-grade reading list. This book portrays the journey of African migrants to Europe in a positive light. Other books on the lists, such as “Efren Divided,” “Blended,” and “Ban this Book,” touch on woke themes like anti-law enforcement and pro-illegal immigration.
Mills’ Campaign Responds
Chris D’Anna, a spokesperson for Grey Mills’ campaign, responded to the controversy by redirecting the focus to Mills’ opponent, Pat Harrigan. D’Anna criticized Harrigan for attacking Mills’ desire to be involved in his children’s education, emphasizing Mills’ conservative record in protecting girls’ sports and parents’ rights.
The Role of a Trustee
According to a source familiar with Cannon School, the role of a trustee does not involve determining the school’s reading list curriculum. The board’s main responsibility is the financial management of the school.
Grey Mills is running for North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District, a deep-red district considered a safe seat for Republicans. The current representative, Patrick McHenry, has announced that he will not seek re-election. The controversy surrounding Mills’ silence on the controversial books may impact his campaign in this conservative district.