updated 1/29/2006 3:13:13 PM ET 2006-01-29T20:13:13

A school has decided that showing the R-rated movie “The 40 Year-Old Virgin” is not an appropriate high school Spanish lesson.

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Fernando Del Pino was suspended with pay Tuesday for showing the movie to students at Lexington’s Tates Creek High School a day earlier, said Lisa Deffendall, spokeswoman for Fayette County Public Schools. He resigned Thursday.

Del Pino, who was hired in August, said he decided to show the film after a student brought it to class and said it “was very funny,” the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

The movie is about a 40-year-old single man whose friends try to help him gain experience in sex.

Parents of Tates Creek students must give written permission for their children to watch an R-rated movie at school, according to the school’s video policy. Students whose parents object must be given alternative assignments.

The policy also states that the videos or movies “must be part of the lesson plan with genuine instruction objectives.”

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