No cussing in class for teachers, Arizona lawmaker says - Fox News | teachers who are held libel |

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.

"You're there to be educated," Klein said. "You're not there to talk smack."

If the bill becomes law, a teacher whose speech or conduct violates FCC regulations would receive a warning, and after three incidents, the teacher would face a week of suspension without pay. A teacher would be fired after the fifth offense.

The proposal applies to K-12 teachers, and is limited to speech in a classroom setting.

Klein told the Senate committee Wednesday that she wished the issue could be left to school boards, but she didn't feel they were protecting "young, impressionable kids" from offensive language.

Most districts adopt professional conduct policies barring the use of profane language or actions by employees while at work, said Tracey Benson, a spokeswoman for the Arizona School Boards Association, which creates model policies for districts.

Teachers are in the classroom to teach the students respectfully, not be their "homies" and talk like them.  Teachers are to act like sophisticated adults.

If teachers cuss in the classroom, they may be held libel.  It's important to talk and act like a teacher.  We didn't go to school to swear.