Tericka Dye used to be known as Rikki Andersin back in the mid-'90s when she starred in such adult films as Rug Munchers, Tight Ass, and Double Your Pleasure Double Your Fun. Described as "an exotic dancer whose tawdry talents led her inevitably into the sex biz," Dye appeared in at least 11 pornographic films.
Dye has clearly moved on—she's ditched the stage name, is a mom of four, and has become a high school teacher—but she can't seem to escape her X-rated past. This month, the high school science teacher resigned from her job after Missouri students discovered her porn films online.
This isn't the first time Dye's teaching career has been derailed as a result of her scandalous background. In 2006 when she was working as a science teacher and volleyball coach, school officials learned of her past and suspended her for the year with no contract renewal.
(Note, however, that she's currently on administrative leave with pay, and her suspension in 2006 was also paid.)
Dye has spoken out about her regret for her past, saying that while she's made a lot of bad decisions in life, what should matter more is that she loves teaching and her students.
I feel so conflicted about this story, but I think if this were happening in my kids' school, I'd be glad to see her go. It's not that I believe the choices she made years ago detract from her professional qualifications now, but I cannot imagine a high school environment where this wouldn't be a huge distraction. Once her background has been made public—i.e., by kids finding her films online—you'll inevitably have a bunch of teenagers checking out their teacher's once-famous talents for double penetration.
I mean, I'm not naive, I know kids have all kinds of access to this stuff anyway. I'm not a prude who is morally opposed to young people being exposed to S-E-X talk. It's just ... I want my kids learning science in science class, you know? Regardless of whether it's right or wrong, the last thing I want for my kids is a school that's all caught up in some sort of scandal.
I believe in second chances, but I also know that some things can't be buried forever. Sometimes the choices we make when we're young come back to haunt us. Maybe that's not such a bad lesson for kids to understand, actually.
What do you think about Tericka Dye? Would you be okay with her teaching your kids?
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