DEARBORN, Mich. – A middle school history teacher in a heavily Arab Detroit suburb has been transferred for telling students that Bedouin Arabs (search) used the Quran as toilet paper.
The Woodworth Middle School teacher had been under paid suspension since last month as school officials investigated and considered how to discipline him, said Dearborn schools Superintendent John Artis (search).
The teacher, whose name was not released, was transferred on Wednesday after his suspension ended. The name of the school was also not disclosed, the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News said.
The teacher made the statement to his sixth-grade students Dec. 9.
"Any remarks that are disparaging, that are made regarding religious groups or ethnic groups or racial groups, by a member of our organization is considered to be inappropriate, and we would respond accordingly, " Artis said.
Bedouins are members of historically nomadic tribes and make up about 10 percent of the population of the Middle East.
Dearborn is the center of southeastern Michigan's about 300,000-member Arab-American community and has about 30,000 Arabs among about 90,000 people. A majority of students in the district are of Arab Muslim heritage.