Utah School Bans Longtime Teacher For Saying Two Words
The Lehi community is rallying behind a science teacher who spent more than three decades teaching at Lehi High School before being banned for using two words that some students and their parents found offensive.
RevaBeth Russell taught at Lehi High School for 32 years before retiring two years ago. However, she has returned many times since as a substitute.
In April she was told she will no longer be permitted to teach at the high school after she used the word "condom" and a slang term for the word breast that also starts with the letter "B." It took place while she was substitute teaching a math class.
Russell said it was all in good fun. Many students wonder, what's the big deal?
"In high school, many kids say a lot of words, and I'm pretty sure, I'm positive, that they have heard those words and worse words," student Alexi Terry said.
However, one parent posted this on social media: "My son was in the classroom when this went down...he said the things that she talked about were very offensive. Bad enough that he didn't want to talk to me about it."
Fellow teacher Leah Kinyon spoke about the incident.
"I can honestly understand certain students, especially here in Lehi and Utah County, being slightly offended, but to the extent that they have taken this discipline is ridiculous," she said.
Kinyon explained the incident as she heard it from Russell.
"A student called her sir, and I think that's what led to the boob comment. She said, 'Last time I checked, I'm still a woman,'" Kinyon said.
Students at Lehi High School are surprised and saddened that Mrs. Russell will no longer be seen walking the halls.
A petition was started to reinstate the teacher at change.org