A Michigan middle school teacher says she was fired because of a word she used during a lecture about art history. The Detroit Free Press reports that the word is “vagina.”
“Allison Wint, who had been teaching art at Harper Creek Middle School since January, says she was speaking about a broader topic of controversy in art when she held up reproductions of paintings by Georgia O’Keefe, some of which have been seen as erotic,” the paper reports.
“She was hoping to have a thoughtful dialogue with a class of about two dozen eighth-graders [last week] — but school officials have said her lesson ran afoul of policies,” the report notes. “Through the course of the lecture, she went on to use the word vagina ‘maybe 10 times,’ she said. ‘But it was never in a vulgar capacity.’”
Harper Creek Superintendent Rob Ridgeway told the paper that Wint was actually fired for straying from the curriculum and failing to give the principal a heads-up that she intended to discuss controversy in art. “She was also fired for other policy violations that he declined to detail, he said,” the report notes.
Here’s a clip posted by MLive in which Wint talks about her firing …