He also added she was also fired for other policy violations but refused to go on details.
"She was not terminated due to uttering the word 'vagina,' " Ridgeway added. And in a statement he noted: "We do not shy away from controversial issues...We work very diligently to ensure that all students, staff and contracted personnel are treated fairly with respect and privacy."
The school principal Kim Thayer did not sympathize with Wint either. According to Wint, the very next day after the incident, she approached Wint before class and said that she had used the word "vagina … without previous approval."
"She said there are a thousand other ways to teach controversy, and that it was inappropriate," Wint added.
According to Wint, Thayer ordered her to pack her bags and leave in an hour. Wint is now searching for a new job.
Wint says she misses her students as she was "really invested with those kids".
Wint says this is the first time she had been subjected to any kind of disciplinary actions. The most serious trouble she could remember came after she hung a sign behind her desk made by one of her students. The sign read "Marriage is about love, not gender." She said she was told to take the sign down by the principal.
While other school officials could not be reached, they told the TV station WWMT that teachers must get approval before discussing reproductive health and provided a matching page from a school policy guidebook, 13WMAZ reported.
"Being afraid of the word … creates an aura of shame around the body part," Wint said.
Wint notes that her contract as a substitute teacher meant that she could be let go for virtually any reason.
[Photo By Alison Wint]