Teacher under investigation for sex lecture: I did nothing wrong

Teacher under investigation for sex lecture: I did nothing wrong
Tim McDaniel, a teacher at Dietrich School, pauses for a photo on Friday at his home. A group of parents filed a complaint against McDaniel for teaching about the reproductive system out of a biology textbook. Photo courtesy of ASHLEY SMITH - Times-News

DIETRICH, Idaho (AP) - A south-central Idaho high school science teacher under investigation amid complaints from four parents insists he did nothing wrong or inappropriate in class.

Dietrich High School biology teacher Tim McDaniel also said the school is notorious for letting students and parents run off some of the district's best teachers.

Last month, four parents with students enrolled in McDaniel's biology class filed a complaint with the state's Professional Standards Commission, alleging the 17-year veteran instructor used shared student information, promoted the views of a political candidate on school grounds and taught different forms of birth control.

The parents were also offended that McDaniel explained the biology of an orgasm and included the word vagina during a biology course for 10th graders.

In a response letter to the commission, McDaniel denies he did anything wrong and explains this is the first complaint he's received during his teaching career.

"In all my 17 years of teaching, I have yet to get a complaint. This is the first time I have ever had an issue with what I teach and how," McDaniel wrote in the letter, according to a story published Monday by the Times-News. "I still stand by my statement that I haven't done anything wrong.

"This school is notorious for letting students and parents run off good teachers," according to his letter.

McDaniel also said two of the parents contacted him after filing the complaint to tell him that they would remove their name. But one day later, McDaniel said the parents contacted him again, saying that they couldn't remove their name from the complaint without getting legal counsel.

Melissa McGrath, spokeswoman for the Idaho State Department of Education, said once the commission decides to investigate a complaint, the case is no longer in the hands of the people who filed it. The parents who filed the complaint declined to comment when contacted by the Times-News.

It's not clear when the commission will finish the investigation. Until then, McDaniel said he's taking more precautions in prepping for lessons. For example, for the first time in his career, he recently sent out permission slips for a lesson on the reproductive system in fish.

"I have to watch my back," he said. "I don't know how this is going to end."

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Information from: The Times-News