A teacher in the United States has drawn controversy in the wake of tweeting that the world and the Middle East would be better without Muslims.
" #BanIslam imagine how much more peaceful the Middle East, and the entire world would be with no Muslims," Sheri Sapp, a foreign language teacher at Nitro High School in the state of West Virginia, tweeted.
She shared the tweet not long ago, however news of her statement has quite recently turned viral, as a few guardians, parents and students expressed their concerns.
Shayla Leftridge, a parent from the school said to The WSAZ news channel "If you replaced that word 'Muslim' with any other religion, you would see the problem,"
"I think that kind of rhetoric is dangerous for kids. I think teachers need to mold and facilitate conversations for kids to make up their own minds," she said. The school released a statement to WSAZ saying it was addressing the issue, but would not provide details. "We are aware of the situation with Ms. Sapp and as this is a personnel matter, it is being handled internally. We cannot disclose any action that has or has not been taken regarding employment. All County policies are taken into account when considering whether or not action is warranted," a spokesperson for the school said.
In the school's social media policy, it specifically says that employees and teachers are considered representatives of the school, even online. "You will be identified as an employee of the school district in what you say online," the policy says.
She also Publicly shared her big support for president Donald Trump
U.S President Donald Trump ran his presidential battle with solid hostility to Muslims, requiring an entire prohibition on all Muslims entering the U.S.
After he took office this year, he has attempted twice to actualize travel bans on refugees and immigrants from a few Muslim countries. Both attempts have been hindered by U.S. courts.
Many are offended by Sapp's "xenophobic" tweet and are asking the school to make a move.
This Tweeter Thinks the world would be better without bigotry
This person wants her school to take action
And these actions were done before
A social studies teacher, also from West Virginia, was suspended in January after posting racist tweets targeting blacks, President Barack Obama and Muslims. Mary Durstein called for the mass deportation of Muslims in the U.S. and attacked Obama and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.