Teddy Bear’s Name Sends Teacher To Sudan Jail

After international pressure, the Sudanese government allowed a British teacher who had been convicted of insulting Islam to leave the country.

The 54-year-old teacher, Gillian Gibbons, caused an uproar after asking her students at a private school in the nation’s capital, Khartoum, to name a teddy bear in a class project on animals, The New York Times reported. The class overwhelmingly voted for Muhammad, a common Muslim name, but also the name of Islam’s prophet.

After complaints from some parents, Gibbons was arrested and convicted of insulting Islam. She was sentenced to 15 days in jail, pursuant to a law that could have sent her to jail for much longer or put her to death.