Teacher accused of dividing NC students based on their religious beliefs is suspended

Simone Jasper, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

Published in Religious News

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A Spanish teacher is accused of separating students "based on their religious beliefs," prompting a North Carolina school district to investigate.

Johnston County Public Schools says the teacher is suspended with pay while it examines "whether or not she asked students about their beliefs in God," according to ABC11, The News & Observer's media partner.

The classroom was at South Johnston High School, roughly 30 miles south of Raleigh, the station reports.

"This is an unfortunate incident and one I wish had not happened," Superintendent Jim Causby said in a statement to McClatchy news group. "It is never appropriate for a teacher to segregate students based on religious, political or personal beliefs."

The district leader also says it's "not appropriate for a teacher to even ask a student what their beliefs are."


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