Library employees say some may have lost job over Drag Queen Story Hour in Greenville County

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Serious problems in the Greenville County Library System one month after a “Drag Queen Story Hour” was held at one of it’s branches. 

That event was met with protests and counter-protests. 

Dozens of people have now written letters questioning the workings of the library system. 

“There was a lot of shock that they had been dismissed,” Jed Cridland-Hughes said. 

According to Cridland the controversy over the Drag Queen Story Hour at the Five Forks branch showed, what he calls, flaws in the decision making of the library board. 

He told 7 News the library is a place for the entire community.

“The library was somehow caving to pressure to not hold the event and so we felt a little betrayed and kind of a betrayal of what the values of the library should be,” Cridland said. 

Last week word got around that three employees in the library system were either fired or had resigned. 

Some believe it was fall out directly related to the drag queen story hour. 

Taylor Center spoke at the meeting in support of her friend Jonathan Newton who no longer works at the Five Forks Library. 

She says there is more to the story. 

“Obvious political issues they let him go now they will say he resigned after everything like that but that’s ridiculous,” Center said. 

The board has not commented on the reasons for the employees employment history. 

Center says the issue boils down to one thing. 

“You could be against the drag queen story hour you can be politically left or right, that sort of thing but, likely what you’re not for is someone who did their job well…losing their job because of it,” Center said. 
 

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