An online petition drive has been created to show support for a South Johnston High teacher who has been suspended from her job while she is under investigation.
First-year Spanish teacher Julia Lopp was suspended by school administration following complaints she reportedly segregated her students based on religious and personal beliefs.
The petition has generated more than 350 supporters as of this morning (Tuesday).
Lopp is accused of segregating students on opposite sides of her classroom based upon their beliefs in God, abortion and LGBT rights. Additionally, Lopp is also accused of separating students based on whether they had a mental health issue or suffered from panic attacks. The questions were among a series of subjects Lopp reportedly asked her students.
“Johnston County Public Schools is aware of the online petition regarding the incident surrounding the lesson at South Johnston High School,” Superintendent Dr. Jim Causby told The Daily Record. “This is an ongoing personnel matter and we continue to review the issues and concerns related to the incident.”
Lopp was hired by Johnston County Schools in August 2019.