To Gillian Gibbons

On 29 November 2007 Gillian Gibbons, was convicted of ‘insulting religion’ by a Sudanese court for allowing her class to choose the name of a teddy bear. A boy named Muhammad wanted the bear to bear his name. The day following her conviction, after Friday prayers, a group of protesters waving swords and machetes demanded her execution. After serving 15 days imprisonment and the intervention of a brace of British Muslim peers she was released into the care of the British Embassy in Khartoum and flown back to the UK.
To English teachers everywhere
Watch out and do take care
A seven year old
Must never be told
To name a teddy bear