Nicholas Sparks, the gentle romance author behind page to screen hits “A Walk to Remember” and “The Notebook”, has found himself at the forefront of a thirteen-year-old e-mail scandal that shows the author tried to ban LGBTQ clubs and student protests at a Christian school he founded.
The Daily Beast obtained e-mail correspondence between Sparks and members of the Epiphany School’s Board of Trustees that attempt to squash former headmaster and CEO, Saul Benjamin’s attempts to make the school more diverse.
“Sparks and members of the Board unapologetically marginalized, bullied, and harassed members of the School community,” stated Benjamin’s attorneys. They continued, “whose religious views and/or identities did not conform to their religiously driven, bigoted preconceptions.“
Sparks denies the allegations, posting a statement on his Twitter account saying the claims were false and that The Daily Beast’s story was “not news.”
— Nicholas Sparks (@NicholasSparks) June 13, 2019
The Epiphany School of Global Studies states on their web site that their education mission is “anchored in the Judeo-Christian commandment to Love God and Your Neighbor as Yourself, is a comprehensive college-preparatory and globally-focused school where dynamic and innovative learning is stretched beyond the classroom walls, emphasizing the knowledge, skills, creativity, adaptability, curiosity, and international experiences students will need to flourish in an increasingly globalized 21st century.”
Sparks has sold over 105 million copies of his twenty novels, with most of them becoming box office hits.