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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