AURORA, Ore — What was meant as a teaching tool during his 10th grade co-ed English class has turned into an investigation from the school district.
A 3-minute-long video taken by a student and shared with KGW shows Ty Brack, an English teacher and assistant baseball coach at North Marion High School in Aurora, read aloud a vulgar poem he had written himself.
The title, "How I learned to become a real man within the context of men's locker room after a sporting event" or the shorter version he says was titled, "The art of **** measuring."
Brack knowing how vulgar the language he was about to read was, he is heard saying, "This poem has a lot of cursing in it, that's why the door's locked."
The poem's setting takes place inside a men's locker room and is full of what is commonly called, "locker room talk."
Just one sample of the language used says, "His **** must be bigger than mine because, in this locker room filled with limp ***** posturing like roosters in a cockpit, his is trying the hardest." It goes on from there. In all, KGW counted 25 slang references to male genitals, 3 slang references to female genitals and 3 uses of the "F" word.
The video was taken June 11th. The superintendent for the North Marion School District said they first learned about the video three days later and immediately opened an outside investigation.
"We would hope that all teachers maintain professional standards. We're investigating to make sure this happens,” Superintendent Ginger Redlinger said.
In a statement sent to KGW News, Ty Brack said.
"Art often challenges us in many ways and this poem uses provocative language to make a point. I apologize for the offensive language used and moving forward, I am willing to take steps necessary to communicate the guidelines and expectations of the poetry unit more clearly with the community. Ultimately, the goal of this reading was to realistically address issues of harassment, homophobia, and sexual assault, and to provide students with an example of how to fight harassment in all of its forms so that young adults feel empowered to stand up for the safety, equity, and agency of all people."