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Teacher Who Let Children Name Bear Muhammad Faces Lashing

Posted Nov 26, 2007 4:00 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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A British teacher is under arrest and faces lashing and deportation from Sudan, where she is accused of insulting the prophet Muhammad by allowing children at an affluent school to name a teddy bear after him.

Gillian Gibbons was taken into custody in Khartoum on Sunday after parents complained that she allowed their 6- and 7-year-old children to name the bear, the BBC reports.

For devout Muslims, any depiction of Muhammad is considered blasphemous, AFP reports. If Gibbons is charged, she could be sent to prison, be lashed, fined, and deported.

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