BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN — A substitute teacher was fired for saying the word "vagina" in class while teaching an art lesson.
Allison Wint was fired last Friday from Harper Creek Middle School and if you ask her why, she would tell you because she said the word "vagina."
"Yes, I did say that word however I was saying it in the context of art history; I wasn't being vulgar," she told local news outlet WWMT.
Wint says she was teaching a room full of 8th graders on the historical interpretations of Georgia O'Keefe's paintings.
According to the Detroit Free Press, during the lesson Wint said, "Imagine walking into a gallery when (O'Keefe) was first showing her pieces, and thinking, 'Am I actually seeing vaginas here, am I a pervert? I'm either a pervert or this woman was a pervert.'"
According to Wint, she said the word vagina "maybe 10 times" during the lecture. "But it was never in a vulgar capacity."
But the school administration said Wint was fired for violating school policies and not letting the principal know first that she would be talking about controversy in art.
Apparently teachers at Harper Creek Community Schools need to get advanced approval when talking about any form of reproductive health.
"She was not terminated due to uttering the word 'vagina,' Harper Creek Superintendent Rob Ridgeway told the Free Press.
Wint told the Free Press she expected the students to laugh, which they did. But by the end of the lecture, she says they seemed to be having productive dialogue.
Wint told WWMT that she now plans to look for work somewhere else.