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Teacher's Viral Message To Students Sparks Controversy (Photos)

| by Brendan Kelly

An inspiring message to students went viral after teachers around the country began posting it in their classrooms.

According to HuffPost, a California teacher's message to students went viral after one student shared a photo on her Twitter page.

English teacher Senora Tarman put the note up on her classroom door to ensure students who felt afraid after Donald Trump became president of the U.S. that they still belong in the country.

The note read:

Dear undocumented students,

In this classroom, there are no walls. You belong here. You are loved.

Dear black students, In this classroom, YOUR life matters. You are loved.

Dear Muslim students and students of Middle Eastern descent, We know you are not terrorists. You are loved.

Dear Mexican students, You are not rapists or drug dealers. You are loved.

Dear female students, Men cannot grab you. Men WILL respect you -- demand it. You are loved.

Dear LGBTQ students, You are perfect just as you are. You are loved.

Dear ALL students, We will get through this day, this year, together. We will respect each other and learn from one another. You are a beloved part of this country and community.

Love, Senora Tarman

A number of different versions of the note began popping up in classrooms around the country. According to Babble, one teacher in New Jersey shared the inspirational message alongside a quote from South African anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu, which reads, "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

The high school teacher, Nagla Bedir, who teaches in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, said students responded positively to the message and began sharing photos on their social media accounts.

Other faculty members also loved the message and began sharing similar messages in their classrooms.

Bedir herself is a Muslim woman who wears a hijab. She said that she knows exactly what some of her students might be experiencing in the U.S. today. She wanted to make sure that her students know that when they are in her classroom, they are loved.

Thousands of Twitter users responded to the photo of Tarman's note, sharing their support for the message written for her students.

"Tell your English teacher to keep up the good work," one user wrote. "We need more people like her."

"Sounds like a special teacher," another user responded. "I humbly suggest that you and your classmates find a way to show her you appreciate her."

"You've got a great teacher & mentor..." Another added. "It's people [like] this who will make America great again!"

Sources: HuffPostBabble / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Twitter via Huffington Post, Nagla Bedir via Babble, Laurel M Davila/Facebook