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Updated: 8/22 9:57 am

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama schoolteacher is suspended without pay after being accused of having students re-enact the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida.

The Selma Times-Journal quotes Dallas County School Superintendent Don Willingham as saying the social studies teacher used poor judgment during a lesson on current events.

School officials haven't identified the teacher, who teaches sixth grade.

Willingham says the teacher told students to research and re-enact a current event of their choosing. He says they picked the killings of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin.

He says students used paper guns and bullets, and students portraying victims fell on pillows.

It's not clear exactly how the shootings were re-enacted since the exact circumstances of each death are in question.

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