Sigh. It is just a teddy bear. But then again it was just a cat cartoon…
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‘Muhammad’ teddy teacher arrested
Gillian Gibbons is described as “a talented and able teacher ”
A British schoolteacher has been arrested in Sudan accused of insulting Islam’s Prophet, after she allowed her pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad.
Colleagues of Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, said she made an “innocent mistake” by letting the six and seven-year-olds choose the name.
Ms Gibbons was arrested after several parents made complaints.
The BBC has learned the charge could lead to six months in jail, 40 lashes or a fine.
Ms Gibbons, who joined the school in August, asked a seven-year-old girl to bring in her teddy bear and asked the class to pick names for it, he said.
“They came up with eight names including Abdullah, Hassan and Muhammad,” Mr Boulos said, adding that she then had the children vote on a name.
Twenty out of the 23 children chose Muhammad as their favourite name.
Mr Boulos said each child was then allowed to take the bear home at weekends and told to write a diary about what they did with it.
He said the children’s entries were collected in a book with a picture of the bear on the cover and a message which read, “My name is Muhammad.”
Sudanese school’s director explained what happened
Hopefully this fizzles out and charges are dismissed.
Spoke to soon.
Outrage as Sudan charges teddy row teacher, Gillian Gibbons
Britain was trying to defuse a potentially explosive diplomatic row with Sudan last night, after a British teacher who allowed a teddy bear to be named Mohamed was charged with insulting Islam and inciting hatred. She is due to appear in an Islamic court today. The alleged crime is punishable by 40 lashes, a six-month jail sentence and a fine.
The Sudanese envoy will be told that corporal punishment against Gillian Gibbons, the 54-year-old teacher from Liverpool, is totally unacceptable. Britain is “reviewing its options” for retaliatory measures against Khartoum should Ms Gibbons be hurt. These could include the expulsion of Sudanese diplomats, tightening travel restrictions on the regime’s leading figures and cutting aid.