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Teacher claims she was fired for using "v" word

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BATTLE CREEK, MI (WNEM) -

A Michigan teacher claims she is out of a job for saying the word vagina.

Allison Wint was a substitute teacher in Battle Creek.

She said she got fired for using the word in art class when talking about the work of artist Georgia O’Keefe.

"Yes, I did say that word," Wint said.

It's the anatomical term that's sparking controversy across Michigan. Wint was teaching eighth graders at the time of the incident.

The district has fired back, saying it wasn’t the word that cost Wint her job, but instead it was that she veered from curriculum and didn’t get prior approval for a discussion on controversial issues.

The Detroit Free Press also said the superintendent noted there were other policy violations that took place, but didn’t go into detail.

For her part, Wint said she was never disciplined before.

Parents in Mid-Michigan are sounding off.

I think it's crazy because there are worse words she could have used. And, eighth graders should know about that. If they don't, their parents should be teaching them more," said Jamie Dilts, mother.

TV5 discovered Michigan law addresses the topic of discussing sex education. In order to talk about it, parents must be informed of the content of instruction, their right to review the materials and observe the teaching. Parents also have the right to excuse their child from the instruction.

While Wint's discussion of O'Keefe's artwork may not necessarily be construed as sex education, the state guidelines for teachers suggest that when in doubt, ask an administrator.

Wint maintains she didn't know about the rule.

"I did not know about this policy. They were entirely within their right to remove me. However, I was not aware of this policy beforehand. If I had known about this policy I would have never done it without approval," Wint said.

While it may be too little too late for her, it could serve as a warning for other teachers who may be thinking about talking about the subject.

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