Follow-up: British teacher in Sudan pardoned

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Remember the British teacher who got in some serious hot water over a class project involving a roving teddy bear? The idea was that children would take turns bringing the bear home and then would write about the bear's adventures. Naturally, the bear needed a name and the teacher allowed the students to choose it. The students chose the name Mohammed.

Unfortunately, that's a big no-no for Muslims and is against the law in Sudan. She was convicted but after the British consulate -- including two Muslim members of the House of Lords -- intervened on her behalf, was pardoned by Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir. The teacher, Gillian Gibbons, spent more than a week in jail before being released and sent home.

Gibbons sent a statement to President al-Bashir noting she meant no offense. "I have a great respect for the Islamic religion and would not knowingly offend anyone," Gibbons wrote. The exhausted educator left Sudan Monday night, sleeping for most of the flight. "I just want to relax, I don't want to say any more. I'm too tired," she told reporters. I can't say that I blame her. After an ordeal like that, I think I'd want to sleep for a while too.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.