DIETRICH - Dietrich School Superintendent Neal Hollingshead confirmed that the state's professional standards commission is looking into a series of complaints filed against Tim McDaniel.
McDaniel told the Times-News of Twin Falls that some parents were offended that he explained the biology of an orgasm and included the word vagina during a lesson on the reproductive system in a sophomore class. He declined to name the parents.
McDaniel also said that he doesn't stray from the textbook and that he's taught the class for 18 years without receiving a complaint from parents or students.
A letter from the Idaho State Department of Education to McDaniel shows that investigators also will consider allegations that he shared confidential student files inappropriately, taught different forms of birth control and told inappropriate jokes in class.
"I teach straight out of the textbook. I don't include anything that the textbook doesn't mention," McDaniel told the Times-News. "But I give every student the option not to attend this class when I teach on the reproductive system if they don't feel comfortable with the material."
McDaniel said that if he's asked to sign a letter of reprimand, he'll refuse. Hollingshead said it's highly unlikely McDaniel is in danger of dismissal.
"I've done nothing wrong," McDaniel said.
The investigation prompted a Facebook group titled "SAVE THE SCIENCE TEACHER!!" dedicated to supporting McDaniel.
"This sort of thing makes you worry about what you teach," he said. "That's not right."