By Associated Press - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WESTON, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida high school teacher is being suspended without pay for a week after being accused of calling a Muslim student a Taliban.

The Broward School Board approved the suspension Tuesday against Cypress Bay High School teacher Maria Valdes. She must also attend diversity training.

The 14-year-old boy’s father wanted Valdes fired or suspended for a year.

Superintendent Robert Runcie said he filed an administrative complaint against the 64-year-old French teacher immediately after hearing about the incident.

According to the complaint, Valdes made several Taliban references toward the boy, who is of Lebanese and Moroccan decent. At least one of the comments included a slur.



No one responded to a message left by The Associated Press at a telephone listing for Valdes.

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