Wake County Teacher Out Of Classroom After Facebook Posts

A North Carolina middle-school teacher who was suspended after complaining on her Facebook page that Christian students subjected her to a "hate crime" has been moved out of the classroom.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday that Melissa Hussain was reassigned last month to become the Wake County school district's coordinating teacher for middle school science. Neither she nor a spokesman for the district would discuss the transfer.

Hussain was suspended with pay in February following complaints from parents about comments on the teacher's Facebook page.
Hussain wrote on the social-networking site that it was a "hate crime" that her eighth-grade students anonymously left a Bible on her desk. She said she wouldn't let the incident go unpunished.
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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com
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  • by Pat Location: Stella on May 22, 2010 at 03:54 AM
    I wonder what would have happened if she was christian and had Muslim students leave a Koran on her desk.
  • by to GHBH Location: Craven County on Apr 10, 2010 at 10:50 AM
    You say evolution is true no matter what you believe. Well, so is the Bible, and one day every one of us will be judged. We have all sinned, but Christ provided a way out through his free gift of salvation to those who accept it. It is free but not cheap, He paid for it by dying on the cross. Jesus said that one day "...every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God" Romans 14:11 NIV. You may not believe it now, but one day you will know it is true. Then it will be too late.
  • by Neal Shlonson Location: Kinston on Apr 10, 2010 at 07:52 AM
    Ain't no need for religion in a classroom. Ain't no need for it anyways, so definitely keep that junk out of my tax dollar supported classrooms. Bad enough I gotta pay taxes to support them single moms to keep them in Newports and Macdonalds. And them pink sweatpants and flip flops. But now you want that evangelical stuff in public school? Ain't gonna happen on my watch. Quit trying to brainwash kids with that junk.
  • by Jeanne on Apr 10, 2010 at 07:51 AM
    I believe in Jesus Christ and God; always have and always will. I do NOT like organized religion because many churches of full of people who dislike anyone who is not like them. I agree with Frank; teachers have it rough. And in America you have the right to practice religion or NOT! I know a true Christian when I meet him/her. And usually it is not the person who goes around praising Jesus all the time. Because then he/she turns right around and gossips about his/her neighbor. Or sues someone. Or never gives a dime to charity.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2010 at 07:23 AM
    Christ taught to witness to the world, but also implied to not give continuing testament to those who reject the Word. It takes a spiritual awakening in the person to have the scales fall from their eyes as was the case with Saul of Tarsus. Until then, they are blinded to the Gospel. The tenaciousness of the kids tells me that she likely had shared her religious beliefs first as indicative of the N&O story that said she was using her maiden name and did not reference her religious afflilation on Facebook. The kids found out somehow that she was muslim and my guess is that she shared that information with them inside the classroom. If so, she introduced religion first. Anyway, the district handled the situation well by reassigning her another position.
  • by Rick Location: Washington on Apr 10, 2010 at 06:56 AM
    Sad that the teacher overreacted and lost a "teaching moment", but even worse that the Wake County school administrators and board of education failed to ensure she had the classroom management skills and support to minimize this reaction. Much more scary are the comments from the self-proclaimed "christians" (yes, very small "c" in this case) who show so little understanding and tolerance of other cultures. A troublesome reflection of our state's struggling K-12 education administration, and some fundamentalist cultural beliefs in some NC communities.
  • by A PROUD CHRISTIAN Location: NORTH CAROLINA on Apr 10, 2010 at 04:58 AM
    Way to go students!!! That is how you work for Christ!!!! We as adults should learn from that!!! I am very proud of those students!!!This teacher needs to read her dictionary and learn what a true "hate crime" is!!! She needs some morals, ethics, and PRAYER!!!!!!
  • by Frank Location: Plymouth on Apr 10, 2010 at 04:40 AM
    Teachers across the state have been told that they are held to 'a higher standard' than anyone else. Things that would cause others a little embarrassment cost teachers their careers. The phrase 'No good deed goes unpunished.' is all too true for teachers. Parents brand them liars, politicians want to blame them for kids with little or no parenting who don't succeed in school, and the kids learn from both that they need no respect educators.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2010 at 09:05 PM
    Wow...at least 50% of the people posting on here obviously didn't do well in school. Maybe they were too preoccupied with something other than getting an education when they attended. Seems that would explain a lot of these poorly written opinions. Last time I went to school, it didn't include learning about religion. I guess things have changed.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2010 at 08:26 PM
    if evolution was true then why are there no cross animals, no transition species? If life started in the sea, then why arent there any fish men? fish->fish-man->man?
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