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Only in America: Policing anatomically correct words

A teacher is punished for saying "vagina" during sex ed — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

An Idaho high school science teacher is being investigated by the state's professional standards commission for using the word "vagina" in a 10th grade biology class. Parents sparked the investigation by complaining that veteran teacher Tim McDaniel discussed women's private parts in a lesson on reproduction. "I don't teach anything the textbook doesn't mention," said a puzzled McDaniel.