Monday, 4 November 2019

Teacher is suspended after 'segregating her students based on religious beliefs and whether they supported abortion'

A North Carolina teacher has been suspended with pay after she allegedly segregated students in her classroom based off their religious and political beliefs. 
The Johnston County School District announced that Spanish teacher Julia Lopp was suspended from South Johnston High School, adding on Thursday that they were investigating the allegations against the teacher. 
'It's pretty crazy,' student Ethan Johnson, explained to ABC 11. 'I wouldn't expect nothing like that it's just weird. I don't know even know if teachers are allowed to talk about religion at school because no one at South does.'  The Johnston County School District announced that Spanish teacher Julia Lopp was suspended from South Johnston High School
The Johnston County School District announced that Spanish teacher Julia Lopp was suspended from South Johnston High School
Johnson was not in the class at the time of Lopp's lesson. 
Lopp is said to have segregated the students in her classroom by religious belief, following up with question about abortion and LGBT rights.
The teacher is said to have allegedly told the class that if they said anything about the class then she would 'not recommend them for a job or even entrance to college.'   
Lopp is said to have segregated the students in her classroom by religious belief, following up with question about abortion and LGBT rights
Lopp is said to have segregated the students in her classroom by religious belief, following up with question about abortion and LGBT rights
She allegedly told the class that if they said anything about the class then she would 'not recommend them for a job or even entrance to college'
She allegedly told the class that if they said anything about the class then she would 'not recommend them for a job or even entrance to college'

A middle school mom shared that she supports people praying in school, but was concerned about the teacher's alleged actions.  
'I don't mind prayer in school and things like that because you pray to your own religion,' said Natasha Chancey, mother of a middle schooler in Johnston County. 
'But for instance to be asking about God because there are so many different religions and everyone has their own beliefs, that might be saying one is better than the other.'
Lopp was initially hired as a substitute teacher with Johnston County Schools on August 12 and was hired as a Spanish teacher at the high school on August 26.    
'This is an unfortunate incident and one I wish had not happened,' Superintendent Dr Jim Causby said in a statement. 'It is never appropriate for a teacher to segregate students based on religious, political or personal beliefs'
'This is an unfortunate incident and one I wish had not happened,' Superintendent Dr Jim Causby said in a statement. 'It is never appropriate for a teacher to segregate students based on religious, political or personal beliefs'
'This is an unfortunate incident and one I wish had not happened,' Superintendent Dr Jim Causby said in a statement. 'It is never appropriate for a teacher to segregate students based on religious, political or personal beliefs.
'In fact, it is not appropriate for a teacher to even ask a student what their beliefs are. Our school system takes very seriously the rights of students in these areas and students should never be instructed to not share classroom activities with their parents. 
'The current incident is under investigation by our Human Resources Department and the teacher is currently suspended with pay while the investigation takes place. When the investigation is completed I will review the findings and determine what final decisions need to be made.' 

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