A teacher in North Carolina has been suspended for showing a group of students the video for Macklemore's hit single Same Love.

The teacher, who remains unnamed, works at West Alexander Middle School in Taylorsville.

“At West Alexander Middle School, there was an inappropriate video shown in class, outside the bounds of the curriculum that called for disciplinary action last week. That teacher will be back in school this week,” Alexander County Schools Associate Superintendent Jeff Peal told the Taylorsville Times.

The video for Same Love won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Video with a Social Message and has been viewed nearly 78 million times on YouTube.

“I've been writing songs for, like, since I was 15 years old. And out of every single song that I have ever written, to me this is the most important record out of all of them. Gay rights are human rights, there's no separation,” Macklemore said in accepting the award.

The video was created to raise awareness for passage of a gay marriage law in Washington state.

In the 7-minute video, a male gay couple relives the life they shared together as they near the end of their lives.

(Related: Rapper Macklemore releases video for gay marriage anthem Same Love.)

Last month, Mary Lambert, a featured vocalist on Same Love, released She Keeps Me Warm, which was spun off from Same Love.

(Related: Macklemore's Same Love is “for homos & Jesus hates gays,” radio listener rants.)