FOUR OAKS – A Johnston County high school teacher is under investigation for what she allegedly did inside her classroom.
The teacher at the center of the investigation is Julia Lopp, a Spanish teacher at South Johnston High School.
According to students and their parents, during a morning class last Friday the first-year teacher reportedly asked her students to line up on opposite sides of the classroom based on whether they did or did not believe in God.
After the students were segregated based on their religious beliefs, Lopp allegedly asked the students if they supported or were opposed to abortion. Then, she asked her classroom if they were in favor or opposed to LGBT rights and beliefs, according to her accusers.
Lopp is accused of then verbally ridiculing the students who lined up on the side of the classroom designated for Christians.
The teacher then reportedly threatened anyone in her class who told their parents, school faculty, or others about what she did, that she would not recommend them for a job or entrance to college.
“This is an unfortunate incident and one I wish had not happened,” Superintendent Dr. Jim Causby told JoCoReport. “It is never appropriate for a teacher to segregate students based on religious, political or personal beliefs. In fact, it is not appropriate for a teacher to even ask a student what their beliefs are. Our school system takes very seriously the rights of students in these areas and students should never be instructed to not share classroom activities with their parents.”
“The current incident is under investigation by our Human Resources Department and the teacher is currently suspended with pay while the investigation takes place,” Causby said. “When the investigation is completed, I will review the findings and determine what final decisions need to be made.”
Julia Lopp was hired as a substitute teacher with Johnston County Schools on Aug. 12, 2019. She was hired as a Spanish teacher at South Johnston High on Aug. 26, 2019.