Teacher Suspended After Facebook Post

A North Carolina middle-school teacher has been suspended after reacting angrily on her Facebook page that she was subjected to a "hate crime" by Christian students.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that West Lake Middle School eighth-grade science teacher Melissa Hussain was suspended with pay while investigators review her case.

Wake County schools spokesman Greg Thomas says parents objected to comments on Hussain's social-networking site about her conflict with Christian students.

Hussain wrote that she would punish students who anonymously left a Bible on her desk. Parents say a student earlier put a postcard of Jesus on Hussain's desk that she threw in the trash.

Hussain's Facebook page does not mention her religious affiliation. She did not respond to phone and e-mail messages.

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  • by sd Location: winterville on Mar 4, 2010 at 06:21 AM
    To Paula: PAHHHH - LEEESEEEE!!! Arrest their parents? They don't even do that for the thug kids that stay out half the night and commit crimes! WHY would they suspend students for putting a Bible or picture of Jesus on a desk when they do nothing to the one's who REALLY need to be punished?!!! And you're VERY MISTAKEN about the pay rate for teachers. It is close to DOUBLE what you wrote (especially in Wake County) and they WORK LESS THAN 9 MONTHS per year, with teacher "workdays" spread throughout the school year. I am a Christian who doesn't necessarily believe what they did was right, especially when it happened the second time, but WHO IS THE ADULT HERE?????????
  • by to US citizen for now on Feb 24, 2010 at 09:01 AM
    I guess the teacher has NO 1st amendment rights? Just because there are as many churches as people, freedom of speech is not valid in your town?
  • by SARS Location: Pitt County on Feb 24, 2010 at 07:10 AM
    I tell my 14 year old that he shouldn't put anything on Facebook, in a text, or an e-mail that he would care if ANYBODY read. It doesn't matter if you are a teacher, a baker or a candlestick maker - Facebook is NOT a private thing. Nobody should be posting anything that they don't want others to see.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Feb 22, 2010 at 10:17 AM
    C, in case you didn't know I can make it clear this day which religion our government and Americans were and have been part of for the last 200 or more years. It is the Christian religion. Several polls show 84% of Americans believe in God and the majority of that number acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the son of God, died for their sins & rose from the dead. Looks like you've singled yourself out and have accepted atheistic viewpoints of theologians who have never experienced an encounter with God. There were Deists & Christians among our presidents and congressional makeup. Only two different major religions and no others. Don't complicate the issue. America is known throughout the world to be a Christian based nation. The ratio between Christian churches and others is approximately 75:1 which that figure will change as time goes by due to our compromising liberal government acknowledging Islam & other religions. In our county alone which 50,000 citizens live, there are 180 churches
  • by GBHB on Feb 21, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    Kay-yeah it is really that easy and of course the students will listen 100% of the time. This is why behavioral problems rarely occur in the classroom. I am so glad you enlightened us with your wisdom! You are totally right in regards to her being "immature" as well. I mean she should not get mad because she was being harassed because of her religion. She should know that only Christians have the right to be victimized in America. How immature of her!
  • by C Location: Miller on Feb 21, 2010 at 03:39 AM
    Separation of Church from State was a Deistic approach to fair government, acknowledging that not every chair in the room follows the same god(s). Many of the Colonists came to the Americas because of religious persecution brought down upon them from England at the time. Some of which were Christians, yes, but of a differing denomination than that of the Crown. Not Every Colonist were Christian, however. Many were Deists who beheld Freethinking ideals and believed everyone had the right to their own beliefs and religious views, ideas and ideals, thus, Freedom of Speech. To be fair to all meant a true Separation of Church From State. Although the Government acknowledged God, it was never made clear to this day of what religion this God was patron or matron of.
  • by Kay on Feb 20, 2010 at 05:58 PM
    People get more ridiculous everyday. She should have just explained to the students that she would prefer this not happen in her classroom. After all isn't she in charge. What a petty immature teacher.
  • by Paula Bertan Location: Bayboro on Feb 20, 2010 at 07:39 AM
    These kids should be expelled, and their parents arrested for encouraging this behavior. No wonder our society is in the toilet. Kids out there laughing it up at this teachers expense. Let's see y'all do her job, for the $22,000 a year they make. ARREST THEIR PARENTS.
  • by NC Teacher Location: NC on Feb 19, 2010 at 05:06 PM
    I believe in Reincarnation and it's on my Facebook page.
  • by GBHB on Feb 19, 2010 at 02:30 PM
    oh and I hope the ACLU gets involved. It is time for teachers to get some real support.

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