Teacher Suspended

Teacher suspended over remark about Muslim holy book

A Michigan teacher accused of making an anti-Arab remark to his students is awaiting a decision on whether he'll keep his job. Officials have suspended the teacher with pay while they investigate a report he told his middle-school students that Bedouin Arabs used the Koran as toilet paper. The teacher is on the faculty of a middle school in Dearborn, Michigan, a Detroit suburb where about 30-thousand residents are Arab-American. Parents have complained to anti-discrimination groups. The director of one says the teacher should apologize. The Detroit News says school officials had a closed hearing on the matter yesterday and the superintendent will decide the case this week.