British Teacher Who Named Teddy Bear Arrives Home From Sudan
Well thankfully she's home safe. And all over a teddy bear!
Muslim leaders bearing flowers delivered a message of support Tuesday before the homecoming in northern England of a British teacher jailed in Sudan for allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad.
Gillian Gibbons was due to return to Liverpool after being pardoned for insulting Islam — ending a case that set off an international outcry and angered many moderate Muslims.
After traveling through the night from Sudan, Gibbons told reporters awaiting her arrival at London's Heathrow Airport that she was stunned by the swift turn of events and her eight days in jail for insulting Islam.
"I'm just an ordinary middle-aged primary school teacher. I went out there to have an adventure, and got a bit more than I bargained for," she said. "I don't think anyone could have imagined it would snowball like this."