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Teacher Segregates Class Based on Religious and Political Beliefs; Gets Suspended

A North Carolina Spanish teacher, Julia Lopp, allegedly segregated students based on their religious and political beliefs. She was suspended immediately by the authorities of South Johnston High School in Four Oaks which is around 40 miles northeast of Fayetteville. She was suspended with pay as Johnston County Public Schools is still investigating the case.

It is being said that Lopp is split up the class students based on certain beliefs. For instance whether they supported abortion or not, the news channels have reported. “It is unfortunate and I wish it hadn’t happened,” said the Superintendent Jim Causby on the incident. Causby said that it is never appropriate for a teacher to segregate students based on religious, political or personal beliefs.

He pointed out that in fact it is not even appropriate for a teacher to ask a student what their beliefs are. He maintained that their school system takes the rights of students in these areas very seriously, adding that, “the students should never be instructed to not share classroom activities with their parents.”

Causby made sure that the district’s human resources department investigates the case and that is why Lopp “is currently suspended with pay while the investigation takes place.” Once the investigation is over, Causby himslef will himself review the findings and determine what final decisions need to be made.

The school says that Lopp is not a permanent teacher but was hired as a substitute teacher with the school district on Aug. 12 and on Aug. 26 was hired as a Spanish teacher at the high school.

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