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Suspended Enloe Teacher Reassigned to Alternative School

Posted May 25, 2007 7:49 p.m. EDT
Updated May 26, 2007 8:22 a.m. EDT

— A Wake County high school teacher, suspended for inviting a Christian speaker who passed out religious tract to students, will be reassigned to another school.

Robert Escamilla, who has been on paid leave from his job at Enloe High School for the past three months, will remain a tenured teacher with the same pay grade, but he will be transferred to Mary E. Phillips High School in Raleigh, his attorney, Billy Strickland, said Friday.

According to its Web site, Mary Phillips High is for "any Wake County high school student who has not reached his or her potential within a traditional school setting."

School officials, however would not comment on the matter Friday.

Escamilla invited evangelist Kamil Solomon, head of Kamil International Ministries Organization, to speak to his social studies class on Feb. 16, school system. Solomon asked students to embrace Christianity and distributed pamphlets calling the Prophet Muhammad a "criminal" and a "demon possessed." He also said Muhammad was "inspired by Satan."

Parents' complaints led to Escamilla's suspension and also to the Wake County Public School System changing its policy to require future guest speakers to agree not to make denigrating remarks about any culture, race, gender, national origin or religion, school officials announced this week.

Strickland said his client was thankful that he will keep his tenure and salary but that they are still considering their opinion on the transfer.