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Utah high school teacher who had kids brainstorm genitalia slang gets paid leave

A Pleasant View, Utah high school teacher is now on paid leave after she asked her students to come up with a bunch of slang terms for their genitalia as part of a course called “Adult Roles and Financial Literacy.”

The genitalia brainstorm session occurred on Friday at Weber High School. The teacher is Ashley Williams, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

“We had some students who reported to administration that a teacher was having an exercise where they were put into groups, male and female, to come up with names for genitalia,” Weber School District spokesman Nate Taggart told the Standard-Examiner. “These were any names that the kids could come up with, and then they were listed on the board.”

When the concerned students told school officials about the exercise, the officials rushed to William’s classroom.

“It was still on the whiteboard, and they had her erase it immediately,” Taggart told the Standard-Examiner. He also noted that the school district found the lesson inappropriate.

A spokesman for the local teachers union, Matt Ogle, explained that Williams got the idea to have students share colloquialisms for male and female genitalia when she attended a Career and Technical Education conference at which other teachers imparted their favorite classroom strategies.

“She’s a very conscientious teacher and cares very much about her students, and I think since this caused a stir, she doesn’t want to do something that causes a stir like this,” Ogle told the Tribune.

The union spokesman noted that Williams won’t have students brainstorm about sex organ monikers in the future.

It’s not clear what genitalia – or what kids call genitalia – has to do with a class called “Adult Roles and Financial Literacy.” A course description obtained by the Standard-Examiner explains that the course is designed to prepare students to “understand the nature, function and significance of individual and family relationships integrated with general financial literacy.”

The class offers concurrent college credit to enrolled high school students.

While she enjoys her paid leave, Williams, a seven-year veteran of the Weber School District, faces an investigation and possible disciplinary action.

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