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Two Words Get Teacher Fired From High School

Before retiring two years ago, RevaBeth Russell taught at Lehi High School for 32 years. Since then, she has returned several times as a substitute. Yet, she is now being banned for using two words that some students and parents found offensive.

In April, she was told that she can no longer 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." This took place when she was substitute teaching a math class. Russell said it was done in good fun.

Student Alexi Terry said, "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." Although, one parent posted 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."

In addition, fellow teacher Leah Kinyon said, "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." Kinyon continued, "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.'"

Students at the high school were saddened and surprised by the incident. Alicia Nelson said, "I had Mrs. Russell sophomore year just for biology, and she was the best teacher I ever had. I still remember going into her classroom and just feeling so welcome and comfortable." Student Jenna Adams also said, "Now for her just to be kind of thrown out of this place, I mean where it's been home, it just kind of breaks my heart."

A petition has since been started in support of Mrs. Russell that has received over 3,300 signatures. Kinyon added, "I want to stand up for her and show her that Lehi has her back." Alpine School District issued this statement, "As an employer who conducts business based on the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, we do not discuss employee matters publicly."

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