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A bear by any other name....

'Teddy' teacher jailed in Sudan

KHARTOUM, Sudan (CNN) -- A court in Sudan on Thursday found a British teacher guilty of inciting religious hatred by allowing her class to name a teddy bear "Mohammed" and sentenced her to 15 days in prison and deportation, her defense laywer told CNN.

The court in Khartoum ordered Gillian Gibbons, 54, to be incarcerated in the city's Omdurman women's prison, her lawyer said, adding that the verdict was "disappointing" and they would be mounting an appeal.

Journalist Andrew Heavens said the appeal would probably take at least 15 days to mount.

The UK Foreign Office said they are aware of Gibbons' guilty verdict and sentencing. They said her sentence will be 15 days from the date of her arrest. She was arrested on Sunday, so she has 11 days left.

Gibbons was detained after it emerged she had allowed her class of 7-year-olds to choose the name of the toy as part of a school project, Robert Boulos, the head of Unity High School, told CNN.


Boulos told CNN Wednesday that the complaint about Gibbons' actions came from a staff member at the school, not from a parent as originally thought.

Speaking outside the court, Boulos said a letter from Sudan's Ministry of Education claimed that parents had raised concerns over the naming of the bear. He said he did not know who was responsible, but was "horrified" when he found out it was a member of his own staff.

Defense counsel later confirmed that the complaint came from Sarah Khawad, a secretary at the school. The counsel, who did not give his name, said the hearing had been delayed as it waited for Khawad to arrive at court to give her evidence.

Smooth move, dirkabots. You morons are so insipidly naive that it's almost painful to watch you fumbling around. You couldn't find your own towel with both hands and map. If you knew anything about Western society you would know that this was a FUBAR of the highest proportions.

It's hard as hell to get the average person to give a damn about genocide half a world away. You could have gone on butchering and slaughtering, raping and pillaging and while people would have tsked about it, only the activists would raise a stink. The issue is too big, too remote, and too incomprehensible for most people. Chuck a teacher into prison for naming a Teddy Bear, on the otherhand, and what you have is a human interest story. Everyone knows which side the asshole award goes, and you're wearing it my dirka-dirka friend.

It won't be long before some bright person tries to link this story to your nasty little genocide and because the teddy bear story is the appetizer, there's an even chance they'll stick around for the main course. Pressure which has been flagging may begin to mount and you might finally get what's coming to you. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
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