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Michigan Teacher Says She Was Suspended Over Song

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SOUTH LYON, Mich. (AP)—A Detroit-area middle school teacher says she’s been suspended for playing a song about being gay during class.

According to Susan Johnson, the principal and assistant superintendent delivered the news to her last week after a student complained.

Johnson tells WJBK-TV she allowed the song “Same Love” to be played during her eighth-grade performing arts class at Centennial Middle School in South Lyon at the request of a student.

Johnson says she was told her suspension would last three days and she wouldn’t be paid for two.

In a statement emailed to The Associated Press Thursday, South Lyon Community Schools Assistant Superintendent Melissa Baker says Johnson failed to follow district protocol, which requires teachers to preview taped materials and submit a form about them to a building administrator for approval.

 

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