PHOENIX – A teacher’s role may be to expand a student’s vocabulary, but one Arizona lawmaker wants to make sure that doesn’t include four-letter words.

A state legislator has introduced a bill that would punish public school teachers if they use words that violate the obscenity and profanity guidelines set forth by the Federal Communications Commission.

State Sen. Lori Klein introduced the measure because a parent in her district complained about a high school teacher using foul language.

The words were “totally inappropriate,” and teachers who don’t keep their language clean aren’t setting a good example for students, she said.

“You’re there to be educated,” Klein said. “You’re not there to talk smack.”

Critics say the bill is unnecessary and any discipline needed should be handled by schools and districts, not the Legislature.

Klein, a Republican from Anthem, made national headlines last fall when she pointed her gun at a reporter while demonstrating the weapon’s laser sight during an interview.


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