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High School Teacher Punished For Saying ‘Vagina’

Science Teacher Punished For Saying Vagina

A high school teacher is being punished for saying “vagina” in an Idaho sex education class. The Idaho State Department of Education has started an investigation of Tim McDaniel after receiving complaints from several parents. McDaniel has been teaching science at Dietrich School for nearly 18 years.

The complaint was filed by four parents who allege that McDaniel used sexual terms, including “vagina,” while teaching his class sexual education. Additionally the complaint alleges that the science teacher showed students a video about sexually transmitted disease, discussed birth control, and explained orgasms.

As reported by MagicValley.com, the complaint further alleges that McDaniel told inappropriate jokes and used his class to promote political candidates.

McDaniel contends that the class was taught using material as it is stated in the standard textbook. McDaniel states that he has always allowed his students to opt out of the section on human reproduction if they are uncomfortable.

Dietrich School Superintendent Neil Hollingshead has stated that although McDaniel is being investigated, he does not expect that he will lose his position with the school. He expects nothing more than a written reprimand.

McDaniel has received a written complaint from the Idaho’s professional standards commission but refuses to sign as he feels it is unfounded. He feels it is unfair that he is being punished for saying “vagina” when it is included in the standard textbook.

An article in the Atlantic Wire suggests that the complaint is somehow related to the Mormon Church. The article states that the school is located in a section of Idaho populated by a numerous members of the Mormon Church, who may be uncomfortable with the content of the class.

Several students have shown their support for McDaniel by starting a blog titled “SAVE THE SCIENCE TEACHER.” Several students are asking fellow students along with the community to speak out in defense of the science teacher.

The high school teacher will be punished for saying “vagina” during sex-ed, but neither he nor his supervisor expect it to cost him his job. The investigation is still being conducted by state officials.

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133 Responses to “High School Teacher Punished For Saying ‘Vagina’”

  1. Heather Johnson

    Vagina, vagina, vagina.

    How ridiculous! First, in a sex education or anatomy class, the word vagina must be said. Second, what happened to the right to free speech?

  2. Michelle Francis

    Vagina is the technical term used in every medical encyclopedia out there NO he should not be in trouble for saying it! What else is he suppose to say?

  3. Justine Mulatto Hertwig

    VAGINA. sexual education, health, orientation AND tolerance need to be taught all four years of high school. religion needs t stop interfering with an educators job to teach children not just the curriculum, but how to be an active, accountable, and smart member of society who is tolerant and kind. vagina. penis.

  4. Melissa Weeks

    Funny… how come he's not in trouble for calling a penis a penis? It's NOT rocket science. Most kids that old have already figured out that boys have a penis and girls have a vagina. The majority probably already even know what to DO with them! what was he supposed to call it? A hoo hoo? Tweeter? For pete's sakes. Vagina is the proper physiological name for it. I guess they will have to also bring a complaint against the textbook company for making the book, the guy who wrote it for putting it in there, the school for having the book, and for that matter, the scientist that actually NAMED it a vagina? People are SO not smart that it's depressing sometimes. :

  5. Lois Lynn Kingsbury

    WTF. Every teacher that teaches Sex Ed has used that word, since that is what it's called. What did they expect him to say?

  6. Ryan Quattro

    While this is a ridiculous “controversy” there are limits to free speech. What if the teacher used a slur? What would have happened? More than likely he would have been dismissed.

    People pick and choose which words can and cannot be said. There is no such thing as “free speech” only speech that is tolerated and which is not tolerated. Each of us have words that offend us. Because of that the curtailment of speech is supported by the vast majority of Americans–whether they realize it or not.

  7. Jane Houser

    that is fricking pathetic. What was he going to say Pu$$y? Kit kat? tom tom? It's a part of life to have to know these things cause their parents obviously aren't going to teach them , so to be able to make sound judgments about their future sex lives, they need to know about the birds and the bees. I mean get for real :(

  8. Steve Coffel

    I'd hate to meet those parents that did the complaining….and I'm sure those "High-School" students also know all the other words that discribe those various locations on the body…..Sounds to me like the parents need a re-schooling…

  9. Marsha Conard

    All I can say about this is why in the world are these parents allowing their children to attend public school, if they are that darn uppity and don't realize their children are probable using words worst than vagina, and what the heck it was used in the book OMG get a freaking life.

  10. Paul Kirk

    The guy being PUNISHED for teaching what the Idaho State Legislature requires. On the following website:
    http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/csh/docs/Standards/Health%20Education%20Standards%20FINAL%20Approved%20by%20Legislature%201-2010%20for%20Adoption%20Fall%202010.pdf You will find the state standards. There is truly something wrong with this situation. Teach it and get in trouble or not teach it and not fulfill your educational responsibilities. Someone is on a WITCH Hunt.

  11. Carla Speer Sanders

    I am an ex Mormon after 18 years and I would encourage everyone to write the word vagina on a huge piece of poster board in red ink and march outside their temples. Fucktards. If the teacher cannot use a scientific name then what would he be teaching? This is rediculous just like their religion. Next!

  12. Patty Jay

    Maybe the slang words for vagina would be more appropiate??? Society has turned to crap!

  13. Marianne O'Malley

    I'm sure he would have been mocked and laughed at if he said" done there" or " shame-shame."
    It's ridiculous that he is using the correct word. JK. I taught Sex Ed in Middle School. I made it clear to the parents: I teach the sexual parts of sex, however the parents must teach the moralities!

  14. Carol Marden

    Vagina Monologues not be accepted. Stupid people. Don't you think your kids already know the word vagina. What would happen if they said penis? Probably no big deal.

  15. Lisa Owens-Franch

    I can not believe he is being reprimanded for something like that. For God sake it was a sex ed class…Hello…Is Vagina not the technical term for it? This is pathetic. At least he called it by it's technical name and not by any other names.

  16. Connie Hymer

    This is yet another example of the double talk of every school administrator – they tell us teachers to our faces that they appreciate us and have our backs, but the minute a parent complains about anything, they throw us under the bus. The principal of that school should have dismissed those complaints as ridiculous and defended his teacher for doing his job. Shame on that administrator@

  17. Lori L Triffet

    Seriously? I'm appalled that the parents are being so stupid. It sounds to me like they had the chance to pull their kid outta the class but failed to do so. Why should the teacher be "punished" for using the Proper medical term? As others have said, was he reprimanded for using the word penis, or testicle? Or how about breasts? To those religious parents, let me explain something. YOU had to use YOUR PENIS AND YOUR VAGINA to make little Susy and little Bobby. Soooooo GET OVER YOURSELVES! Cheese and rice people. Let the damn teacher do his freakin job. It's parents like these who wonder why the hell their kid gets knocked up or gets someone else's kid knocked up…….well maybe if you were to TEACH them the facts of life, call a spade a spade and EXPLAIN in PLAIN MEDICAL TERMS what each part of their anatomy is used for, you wouldn't be a grandparent when your kid is 15! Religion can co-exist with science, but the religious freaks gotta back off!

  18. Kathy Healy

    IF this has anything to do with the surrounding Mormon community, they need to home school their kids then & stay the hell out of the classroom. Perhaps even watch an episode of 16 & Pregnant! Parents, raise your kids & let the schools do their job. I'm pretty sure the ones complaining are probably the same ones that don't say a word to their kids about sex.

  19. Jan Hayner

    What do the parents think that 'sex' education is? If they had a question about what was being taught they should have gone and taken a look at the material and if necessary pulled their child out of the class.
    Correct wording is as important, as the correct function, of the body part.
    There is such a thing as 'parents responsibility'.

  20. Allison Reyes

    Tho ia he most stupidest thing ever it was a sex education class not aarh class what was he suppose to say? Vagina is the medical term for the female gentials

  21. Ryan Quattro

    Tolerance is a two-way street, Justine. Tolerance in this instance would mean respecting the opinions of the protesting parents. As for sexual education.Venereal diseases are on the rise despite there being sexual education classes. We have had health classes since I was in high school 20 years ago. People still are eating poorly, getting drunk, having promiscuous sex, etc.

    You can try to socially engineer a society all you want, but until you create an Orwellian world where Big Brother controls everything people will say and do as they please. That is the true state of a liberal society.

  22. Paul Kirk

    Ms. Hymer, I won't take it personally because I am an administrator but I would ask you to think about what you just said. Would it be wrong to depict every teacher in a negative context because some may do something you don't agree with during an incident. Just remember no one is without error (sin) or wrong doing we all slip. So think about slamming everyone with the comment you made about administrators as a group. Just as every teacher isn't perfect, but many are almost…. every administrator isn't perfect and many are. Just think about it. We don't know the whole story we only know what we have been told at this point.

  23. Rose Marie Golden

    My opinion is this, if you are not allowed to use scientific terms then the sex ed class shouldn't be taught…..why don't we just let them "learn on the street" and fend for themselves……parents are being ridiculous and they don't want their kids to learn anything because they won't tell them cause then they may have SEX…..guess what parents they are probably already doing it…..get ready for grandparenthood or taking your kid to diagnose what awful disease they have and could die from……. GET REAL!

  24. Michele Perry

    Well…Thank God he didn't say Penis! Oh, the horror!

  25. Michele Perry

    Well…Thank God he didn't say Penis! Oh, the horror!

  26. Linda Robertson

    We shall now go back to calling a penis a pee pee and the vagina…. the unnamed woman's area. It is worth repeating that these 17 and 18 year olds were not forced to take this section of the class. It was optional. Honestly…… isn't this like going into a bar and then reporting to the police there is drinking going on in there?

  27. Linda Robertson

    We shall now go back to calling a penis a pee pee and the vagina…. the unnamed woman's area. It is worth repeating that these 17 and 18 year olds were not forced to take this section of the class. It was optional. Honestly…… isn't this like going into a bar and then reporting to the police there is drinking going on in there?

  28. Michelle Braithwood

    your kidding right? leave it to the mormons to freak out over the CORRECT anotomical word for that body part. heck he could have used words that teens are using, like oh idk… p&%^y, c&*%t, s!@%*h etc… freaks

  29. Michelle Braithwood

    your kidding right? leave it to the mormons to freak out over the CORRECT anotomical word for that body part. heck he could have used words that teens are using, like oh idk… p&%^y, c&*%t, s!@%*h etc… freaks

  30. Katie Bauer

    dude, its sex ed, what did they expect? At least their teacher didn't say what sperm TASTES like, THAT is something to get in trouble for.

  31. Krystal Howard

    This article is stating that the parents were offended by the material of a sex education class of high school students. My high school sent home a letter informing my parents that sex ed was during the next semester and included an opt out form. I was in 5th grade. By high school most teens have at the least experimented and certainly know what a vagina and penis are. Clearly there is more to this story than we are hearing, but shame on you parents in Idaho who don't want your young adults to be educated.

  32. Marlana Hobden

    Ryan…it doesn't change the fact that "vagina" is the standard textbook term for the lady part. If anyone is offended by that word, perhaps they are not mature enough for sex, let alone to have children. Any parent who turned this teacher in for saying "vagina" should be ashamed of themselves.

  33. Christina Chadwick

    OK. I am a Mormon and I take offense to that. It did not say that the people complaining were Mormon it only said that the school was located in a heavily Mormon populated area. I went to heath class when I was in school and I know that my parents had to sigh a weaver for me to take part in that class. So yes I think the person making a big deal out of the class is stupid I have to agree with that but not blame it on any religion just because you had a disagreement with the Church.

  34. Sondra Lynn Kyle

    What is he suppose to call. That is the correct anatomical term. Birth canal doesn't include everything. He could always use slang.Give me a break.

  35. Katie Bauer

    what was he saposed to do einstien, it was in the text book, and the kids and their parents need to grow up, because if they cant stand to hear the word 'vagina' and act maturely, then they're screwed

  36. Rhonda Rogers

    Really? Maybe kids these days need to know all the facts and proper terminology. The rise of pregnancy and kids having sex is astronomical.

  37. Janet Vitolo Cochrane

    Paul Kirk, you said: " Just as every teacher isn't perfect, but many are almost…. every administrator isn't perfect and many are." so admisistrators are perfect and teachers are ALMOST! THAT type of thinking is why some teachers have such a difficult time with some administrators!

  38. Linda Sadler Pritz

    That teacher would have served himself better had he not taught that part of the class. We have a society full of morons for parents now a days and they are expecting others to do for their kids what they won't and then complain when it falls short of how they would have maybe presented it. Give that part of the curriculum to the local authorities and make it mandatory that the parents participate with their kid. Oh and so there is no misunderstanding send them a reminder of the date and time and a signed agreement that they have read over all of the things that would be discussed in the presence of them and their kid!

  39. Karen Lang-Cuenca

    axe wound – badly wrapped kebab – bald man in a boat – bang hole – bean – bearded clam – bearded oyster – beav – beaver – beefcurtain –beef curtain – beef flap – birth cannon – blue waffle – box – bread – buju – camel's foot – camel toe – candy – chach – cha cha – cherry – chocha –cho-cho – chonch – choot – clit – clown hole – clunge – cock – cock pocket – coo – cooch – coochie – cookie – coosie – cooter – cuder – cunny –cunt – cunt hole – cunt punt – cutty – cut up – fanny – fish taco – flange – front bottom – fuck hole – fur burger – fur pie – gap – gash – growler –hair burger – hair pie – ham flap – ham wallet – hatchet wound – hooded lady – hoo-hoo – hot pocket – ill na-na – incision – jute – kitty – kooch –kooter – kuder – lip – love taco – lunchmeat – mangina – man in the boat – man in the boat, the – meat curtains – meat flap – meatwallet –meat wallet – minge – moose knuckle – muff – muffin – na-na – nappy dugout – neden – ninja foot – nookie – open wound – pink – pink canoe –pink sausage wallet – pink taco – pink velvet sausage wallet – piss flaps – pookie – poon – poonaner – poonani – poontang – poon tang pie –pootang – poo tang – pooter – pootie tang – promised land, the – punani – punanni – puss – pussy – putang – pu-tang – quif – quiff – quim –quivering mound of love pudding – roast beef – roast beef curtains – slit – smush mitten – snatch – snizz – soggy box – sprained vagina –tampon tunnel – tang – trim – tunnel of love – twat – twitchet – V – vadge – vag – vagoo – vajayjay – va-jay-jay – vajizzle – vertical smile –whispering eye – wizard sleeve – woo – woogit – wugget – wuss.

  40. Karen Lang-Cuenca

    axe wound – badly wrapped kebab – bald man in a boat – bang hole – bean – bearded clam – bearded oyster – beav – beaver – beefcurtain –beef curtain – beef flap – birth cannon – blue waffle – box – bread – buju – camel's foot – camel toe – candy – chach – cha cha – cherry – chocha –cho-cho – chonch – choot – clit – clown hole – clunge – cock – cock pocket – coo – cooch – coochie – cookie – coosie – cooter – cuder – cunny –cunt – cunt hole – cunt punt – cutty – cut up – fanny – fish taco – flange – front bottom – fuck hole – fur burger – fur pie – gap – gash – growler –hair burger – hair pie – ham flap – ham wallet – hatchet wound – hooded lady – hoo-hoo – hot pocket – ill na-na – incision – jute – kitty – kooch –kooter – kuder – lip – love taco – lunchmeat – mangina – man in the boat – man in the boat, the – meat curtains – meat flap – meatwallet –meat wallet – minge – moose knuckle – muff – muffin – na-na – nappy dugout – neden – ninja foot – nookie – open wound – pink – pink canoe –pink sausage wallet – pink taco – pink velvet sausage wallet – piss flaps – pookie – poon – poonaner – poonani – poontang – poon tang pie –pootang – poo tang – pooter – pootie tang – promised land, the – punani – punanni – puss – pussy – putang – pu-tang – quif – quiff – quim –quivering mound of love pudding – roast beef – roast beef curtains – slit – smush mitten – snatch – snizz – soggy box – sprained vagina –tampon tunnel – tang – trim – tunnel of love – twat – twitchet – V – vadge – vag – vagoo – vajayjay – va-jay-jay – vajizzle – vertical smile –whispering eye – wizard sleeve – woo – woogit – wugget – wuss.

  41. Velvet Michael

    Seriously? What did they expect him to call it? Vagina is the correct term! So what should he have said? Hmmmm, I like VJJ my self. LOL. I swear idiots about and suck up much needed oxygen. Statistics show that teenage pregnancy is lower in areas that teach a complete and informed sex or health ed class. Teen pregnancy is highest in areas that have a limited or no sex/health ed classes. But seriously, do these parents really think that their children are not aware of these terms or the mechanics of the sexual act? LOL, it must be nice to live in a fantasy land.

  42. Velvet Michael

    Seriously? What did they expect him to call it? Vagina is the correct term! So what should he have said? Hmmmm, I like VJJ my self. LOL. I swear idiots about and suck up much needed oxygen. Statistics show that teenage pregnancy is lower in areas that teach a complete and informed sex or health ed class. Teen pregnancy is highest in areas that have a limited or no sex/health ed classes. But seriously, do these parents really think that their children are not aware of these terms or the mechanics of the sexual act? LOL, it must be nice to live in a fantasy land.

  43. Rhonda Rogers

    If parents are not happy then they should teach their own children….but we all know that parents only complain when they feel they are not in control….teachers are in a catch 22 with sex Ed.

  44. Rhonda Rogers

    If parents are not happy then they should teach their own children….but we all know that parents only complain when they feel they are not in control….teachers are in a catch 22 with sex Ed.

  45. Anne Warren

    4 ignorant parents objected-how many parents were there with kids in his class. I taught my kids the correct adult terms for their body parts before they were in 2nd grade. Before that they would just be cranky and crying and could not tell with accuracy where they were hurting except for a general area that included too many serious areas. Once I taught them them the correct area they could tell me or the doctor, grandma or teacher and and we could get aide for them that was appropriate and eased their pain and stress much faster. This is a real teacher not trying to seduce a kid but teaching a totally appropriate subject in a completely appropriate setting with a couple of looney tune parents. Would they like to have their high school child continue with "peepee " and "belly" through medical school.

  46. Katie Bauer

    no one cares abt what u say ryan, you have to be mature to live in this world, and that includes being able to say vagina, especially in SEX ED

  47. Anne Warren

    Ryan Quattro the teacher has had a practice as he says of letting "uncomfortable students " leave the class duing what is really an essential class and probabbly a state required class. Should we remove all students from class who are upset that no matter how much they don't like it-4 and 4 will always be 8?

  48. Anne Warren

    Ryan Quattro the teacher has had a practice as he says of letting "uncomfortable students " leave the class duing what is really an essential class and probabbly a state required class. Should we remove all students from class who are upset that no matter how much they don't like it-4 and 4 will always be 8?

  49. Jim Naylor

    For a prude maybe… words are just words. If you can't tolerate all of them maybe you should just go hide in your closet….. or cover your ears and go bla, bla, bla, blaaaaaa!!!

  50. Carol Lynn Adams

    Wth…seriously? What's he supposed to say? Cooch? Pussy? Vag? Oyster? Wally Bearded Clam? Snatch? What? Grow the hell up people. Smh. Seriously. *sighs*

  51. Anne Warren

    you forgot that most professional of terms used by the ignorant and low class to describe that anatomy part as a "who who" even worse and more immature "vajaja"-how disgusting. Right up there with the completely classless "boobs"? If he does not use the correct terminology do you think doctors should say to a 80 y/o cancer patient-"sorry but you are dying of stage 4 vajaja cancer". Grow up parents-a vagina is a vagina is a vagina-be glad they are learning it from a responsible teacher where they can ask questions and maybe avoid serious medical conditions and not from some other ignorant 13 y/0. Many parents do not take the responsibility to teach their kids-kids can report inappropriate touch if they know their parts. Sorry for teaches with such stupid parents. No punishment is needed or deserved.
    Let the parent sit in the class and learn too.

  52. Heather Fitts

    Even my 4 year old knows that boys have a penis and girls have a vagina.. it is the proper terms for anatomical body parts. Anyone has a problem with it they can bring it up with me and I'll tell em where they can shove it.

  53. Anne Warren

    If he doesn't use the word-does it mean it doesn't exist for these stupid parents? I used to type pathology and autopsy reports-those girls had vaginas before they were born-they have eyes too-should we not use that word to satisfy ignorance?

  54. Daniel Chiappelli Sr

    NOT SUPPOSE TO SAY THAT.. SHOULD HAVE SAID PUSSY.

  55. Henry A Avellaneda-Parrado

    Completely absurd and stupid! How is supposed to call it!

  56. Joseph Henry Wilson-Richards

    There is no such entity as the "Mormon Church"…parents should not have allowed their children to attend this class if they (parents) are concerned about the course content, vocabulary, sexual functions, et cetera….

  57. Renee Sophistra Browne

    I had learned about this in the 4th grade. How the hell are children supposed to get through life if they aren't even allowed to learn about in highschoo? Vagina. I know, let's wait until they have children to inform them of what that is. Also, vagina.

  58. Kathy Coop

    Please note: supposedly inappropriate jokes and endorsing political candidates were also mentioned. I don't know what the jokes were if there really were jokes. He may have been trying to" lessen the tension" while discussing a delicate subject. Teaching Sex education is a thankless job. Someone is bound to get their panties in a bundle. Political opinion shouldn't be discussed in school, unless its college. However, proper terms are proper term. If that is what it boils down to at the end, someone should slap those people for wasting the tax payers money.

  59. Sonya Kitzmiller

    Everyone along with the writer of the article is focusing on the one word. If you read the whole thing, he also described orgasms, showed a STD video, birth control and made crude jokes. The jokes should never had been made at all, if he went outside the four corners of the paper that told the parents what he was teaching by adding the video and talking about birth control, or how he explained orgasm then he should be reprimanded. The author of the article along with the teacher seem to bury or gloss over what I believe was the true reason for the upset parents the scientific term was just the last straw on the camels back. I as a parent would be upset if a teacher on paper explained one thing and then turned around and taught something different. It could be about sex, history or science and health I would be one of the parents. The kids are going to rally around him because he did tell them things they couldn't or wouldn't ask their parents. Now if he would have sent out on a paper that included everything he was teaching, then shame on the parents.

  60. Nicki Fitzgerald

    OMG how much more of this crap do we have to take we cant say this or that. We cant eat this or that. You cant have the word God in school. All of these parents need to grow the hell up and get a life they are raising their kids to fail in life cause they will never know that life is not fair or that it sucks to loose a game but you'll get over it. The word no is not going to be in their vocab the parents are scared it will mess their life up. Please this has to stop before all of our kids become socialy stupid.The word Virgina is what it is called it is the correst name for it. I can think of so many names that are a lot owrse than Virgina. What is this Pussy word coming to.

  61. Nicki Fitzgerald

    I have heard so much worse than penis or virgina and guess what I am a normal adult, I never went to a shrink or even lived a life that would make me seem screwed up inside. Why is this cause I was alouded to know what it feels like to loose a game or what it feels like to know that life is not fair and if your not careful it could bite you in the As*. Oh sorry I might screw someones life up with that word. People are going so over board babying their kids. I wonder what they are going to be like when they are grown.

  62. Tom Maxwell

    Here's something really offensive. To all Mormons living in Idaho. Fuck you!

  63. Brenda Barney Boyle

    What in the name of FSM was this man thinking? Teaching kids about sex in Sex Ed? Didn't he know he was supposed to just blindfold all the kids, turn them loose, and say "This is how its supposed to be on your wedding night. If you can get to second base from here, you're already going to hell."

  64. Beth Sauer-Harris

    Ok sex ed hello… those parents are the definition of stupid and I hope they read this too.. go to hell for not wanting your kids tought correctly and not get pregnant at a young age

  65. Dee Hendrickson

    THANK YOU! I swear humans are sliding down the evolutionary scale at lightening speed. :

  66. Susanne McDaniel

    What the hell do they want him to call it? A Hoo-Ha? For crying out loud, four uptight people complain and there's an investigation. And, let me just tell this little story about those churchin' folks: When I was in the third grade, a grade school friend of mine took me to her church and Sunday school. My family did not attend church at the time. The church my friend took me to was the First Assembly of God Church. Okay, in the third grade, I didn't know what fundamentalism was, but these people would talk in tongues and roll around in the aisles…for reals. THEN…one time, in Sunday School (take off from "American Pie"), the "teachers" handed out pamphlets on the SINS OF MASTURBATION! Okay, I'm in the third grade. I didn't even know what masturbation WAS! It described…IN DETAIL…about heavy petting! So, to this day, I LOVE to tell people that I am thankful to the First Assembly of God Church for teaching me about masturbation. Thank you!

  67. Sandra Berkey May Kindred

    I've heard LOT of much worse terms for vagina! Now if he would have used one of those awful slang terms, THEN I'd think he would be in trouble. Using the medical term is certainly no reason for raised eyebrows.

  68. Stacie French-Ortega

    Ryan wasn't defending the parents reasons for complaining, he said it was ridiculous. He was just pointing out that free speech doesn't apply to school teachers. Marlana, you have it right on the money!

  69. John Martin

    A woman can have a vagina but it can't call it by it's scientific name? Would the schools prefer "pussy" or"snatch" well you know the rest. Education is suppose to be aided in the controlled environment that is known as school. Truth and facts should never be cause for such alarm, what ignorance.

  70. Tina Romero- Gonella

    This is so Stupid, and I don't use that word at all. But if a parent can't say the correct pronunciation for your own body parts than you are embarrass of your own body. People teach your children the right way. Would you have the teachers use the slain words that worst…

  71. Suzy Andrus Christiana

    what was he supposed to call it, if not a vagina? that's what is is, unless there's some other word that I'm not aware of…the only other words I AM aware of are definitely not appropriate! geeze. some people are ignert!

  72. Denise Kaye

    What should he have said – who who? pussy? privates? what? It's a vagina people, love it or leave it, but that's just the way it is!

  73. Leah Ray

    An article in the Atlantic Wire suggests that the complaint is somehow related to the Mormon Church. The article states that the school is located in a section of Idaho populated by a numerous members of the Mormon Church, who may be uncomfortable with the content of the class. I AM SICK OF PEOPLE BLAMING IT ON THE MORMONS, WE ARE NOT STUPID WE KNOW ITS IN THE BOOK. I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY GET THE IDEA THAT IT IS RELATED TO THE MORMON CHURCH, "ATLANTIC WIRE" GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT BEFORE YOU GO BLAMING THE MORMONS.

  74. Beini Qu

    First of all, vagina is not a bad word. It is what it is. Would you rather your kids learn about sex through a teacher or through what they hear from their friends or on the street? Because either way, they will learn about it so wouldn't you prefer that they have accurate information? These are HIGH SCHOOL kids…not elementary school kids. All they have to do is turn on the tv, radio, or computer to access very sexually explicit material and parents are complaining about a sex ed teacher using the word vagina and make a few jokes? Give me a break.

  75. Ken Bjornbak

    I agree Paul and Connie you are not too wrong either, yet I will point out it was not the School Admin doing the investigation it is the State DOE doing the investigation. And if reprimands are to come they will be for the alleged other inappropriate language jokes etc. From what is here the parents went directly to the state board.

  76. Ken Bjornbak

    +Ryan Quattro Slow down there big fella!!.. Having been raised up in your neck of the woods I can assure you being Liberal or Conservative has nothing to do with the behaviors you just described. Those are the personal and peer influenced choice. Kid and others act as they will because they feel they can get away with it. Want truth or maybe a few facts look at the The Steubenville Rape Case. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/07/steubenville-rape-case-splits-town-between-big-red-and-guy-fawkes.html

  77. Laura Lengel

    I remember the movie "Boys On The Side" with Whoopie Goldberg and Drew Barrymore.. and… darn I can't remember the other wonderful co-stars but there is a scene where Whoopie is speaking with (I think it was Mary Stewart Mathason) and she was taught to call her "vagina" a "who who"! Now I ask you why are the names of teh body parts so taboo? We are such a double standard society! Pitiful!!

  78. Chris Rose

    How the hell are you supposed to teach sex ed without using the proper terminology? Bunch of idiots.

  79. Joseph McCoy

    At least the teacher has a set of testicles and is standing his ground. Those parents are penis heads.

  80. Tammy Rowland Griffin

    OK<<THIS IS A SEX EDUCATION CLASS? How can someone teach a "SEX ED" class w/o saying vagina or penis? Now if the teacher was using porn to do so I can understand that but a poster such as the one up top is just plain stupid. I mean it is a education class! If it isn't shootings, murders, robberies etc this world has enough to deal with other than a teacher trying to teach class w/o someone trying to do it for her! GET A LIFE! Need to worry more about what this country is doing and who we are going to be paying for next with our tax dollars, laws, and all the crimes that are being commited and nothing done to punish them!

  81. Andi Rawls

    I would like to know if the "joking" was just to keep the atmosphere "light", and would love to know what they consider "inappropriate". If they are having a problem with vagina, who knows what they consider inappropriate. He could have told a "why did the chicken cross the road…" joke and gotten this flack! This is ridiculous and just another reason why we left the US. And now this man is going to get in trouble, a slap on the hand, for nothing. Good for him for not signing the reprimand!

  82. Carla Speer Sanders

    I didn't have a disagreement with the church. I have a disagreement with biggots acting holier than thou lost in ignorance.

  83. Consuelo Lightner

    Well that is what is called, it has nothing to do with a sexual term. Years ago they would point to it and say (that thing down there) crying out loud! Do not waste time, monies on this stupidity from some parents and certainly the teacher should not be penalized!

  84. Christal Hayes

    This is just plain sad. There are so many other things that we as a nation should be worriedn about and vagina isn't one of them. Perhaps what we should be more concerned about is not that someone said vagina, but that in this day and age we as Americans are suddenly in an uproar and calling for someone's job because they said vagina. We're taking steps backwards every day and things like this only serve to prove that point. He shouldn't even be repremanded verbally or written.

  85. Paul Kirk

    Having worked as a state administrator, often times unless the unit that covers investigations are outside of the command of the State Board of Education, there is more pressure than anyone can imagine. So, you are correct, especially if that is the situation. The alleged "other inappropriate language and or jokes" I would suggest that because I don't know all of the facts I would not make any other comments. However, if the parents don't have recourse when there is concern, taking the direction they took is a sad commentary on the systems. Yet, I know that can happen. Thanks Ken for clarification.

  86. Michael C. Burgess

    I'm not from around here. Can somebody explain to me how and when vagina became a dirty word?

  87. Christal Hayes

    I am from around here and I have no idea. It's sad to wake up and hear this stuff. Today someone is in an up roar over vagina, tomorrow we will go back to having jim crow laws and women won't be able to vote. We're suppose to be moving forward as a nation, not backwards. I guess the teacher is suppose to call a penis a penis but a vagina is now going to be called naughty bits becuase when its on a woman its dirty.

  88. Leslie Diffin

    Ridiculous. So Mormons can run for President, but can't say the V-word? Makes sense, Obama is the POTUS and didn't learn the 'D' word…(Democracy).

  89. Leslie Diffin

    Ridiculous. So Mormons can run for President, but can't say the V-word? Makes sense, Obama is the POTUS and didn't learn the 'D' word…(Democracy).

  90. Consuelo Lightner

    Ryan Quattro You must be a man and not well infomed that the word vagina is the right word to be used when describinb woman's anatomy. Nothing to do with free speech! and the next time a teacher who teaches biology describes your penis what is she supposed to use "the dingiling?

  91. Amy White

    What's he supposed to call it? That is the correct anatomical name for the female genitalia. It's not like he said the dreaded "c-word"! I bet no one ever gets in trouble for saying pancreas! Lol

  92. Rita Rigitano

    THAT'S CRAZY ,THEY SHOULD KNOW THE RIGHT WORDS FOR THEIR BODY PARTS INSTEAD THE TERMS THEY USE……..GIVE HIM A BREAK

  93. Tamara Schuld

    I think I am going to put as my face book page a picture of me holding up a big cardboard sign that says vagina and penis I say we should all do it and make sure it some how gets to the parents there.

  94. Vicky Kujawa

    Actually, I think this teacher's reprimand is more about this: "As reported by MagicValley.com, the complaint further alleges that McDaniel told inappropriate jokes and used his class to promote political candidates."

  95. Vicky Kujawa

    Ryan Quattro Actually, I think this teacher's reprimand is more about this: "As reported by MagicValley.com, the complaint further alleges that McDaniel told inappropriate jokes and used his class to promote political candidates."

  96. Consuelo Lightner

    I did not say anything about the administrator or the teacher and the State DOE should know better than paying attention to a stupid complaint and as the article does not say anything about another inappropriate language, jokes, etc. I will leave it as a "vagina" issue and the term vagina is not a joke and is not inappropriate language unless you make it so.

  97. Connie Hymer

    You all make valid points — I guess I've just had some bad experiences feeling like I am not backed up by a couple of administrations I have worked under and let it color my feelings. Thank you for making me rethink that.