British Teacher Arrested Over Teddy Bear Name in Sudan
A British grade school teacher in Sudan has been charged with â€śinsulting religion, inciting hatred and showing contempt of religious beliefsâ€?, according to the BBC. Gibbons was arrested in Khartoum, Sudan because she allowed her students to name a teddy bear â€śMuhammadâ€?, according to the BBC.
According to Secretary General, Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari, â€ś"This is a disgraceful decision and defies common sense. There was clearly no intention on the part of the teacher to deliberately insult the Islamic faith.â€? (quote courtesy of the BBC)
Gibbons could face six months in jail, 40 lashes or a fine if she is convicted, according to the BBC.
Muhammad is the name of Islamâ€™s prophet and founder and Gibbonâ€™s studentâ€™s parents complained that they were insulted by the naming of the teddy bear, according to MSNBC.