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Apex teacher reassigned after Facebook comments

Posted April 8, 2010 2:21 p.m. EDT

Wake County Public School System

— An Apex 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.

Melissa Hussain was reassigned last month to coordinate middle-school science instruction for the Wake County school system, district spokesman Greg Thomas said Thursday.

Hussain was suspended for five days in February from her previous job as an eighth-grade teacher at West Lake Middle School while district officials investigated a complaint against her.

A parent said concern started as the class was learning about evolution and some students challenged the teacher on Christian beliefs. Following the evolution discussion, Hussain wrote on her Facebook page that a student left a Bible on her desk with a card that read Merry Christmas with “Christ” underlined, the parent told WRAL News.

Hussain wrote that the gesture was cruel and called it a “hate crime,” the parent said.

The suspension was under a district policy that calls for the highest standards of honesty, integrity and fairness from employees.