A Florida teacher has been forced to resign over a cringe-worthy incident which, honestly, sounds like it could have happened to anybody. (Well, anyone who watches Internet porn, and isn't that pretty much everyone?) Reportedly, Jose Rosario-Gonzalez hooked up his work laptop to the classroom projector at Taylor Middle-High School in Pierson, Florida last month, in order to play a YouTube video for students, who then noticed that an X-rated item, entitled, "Gay Threesome Sex," was hanging out in his viewing queue. Ack!
One student reportedly wrote in a complaint letter, "The whole class was saying 'eww' and 'What is that doing on there?' and he just kept scrolling and didn't say anything." Later, the incident was reported to the school by a parent.
Now, come on. The poor guy shouldn't have had to address it to his class -- which would have been 100 times worse. Can you imagine ... "Yes, class, 'Gay Threesome Sex.' When I'm not catching documentaries on the Civil War, sometimes I like to watch 'Gay Threesome Sex.' What's it to you?" Agh! Clearly, his big mistake was viewing the porn on that school-issued laptop in the first place. But is it reason enough for him having to choose between being "recommended for dismissal" or having to resign on his own? I dunno. It's not like it was kiddie porn ... Sounds a bit extreme.
Granted, he did have a history of a couple of other questionable decisions -- like recommending his students check out a website that had "inappropriate content and links." But what does that even mean? "Inappropriate" is relative, and it's almost impossible to keep smut 100 percent at bay on the web.
Nonetheless, what's done is done. And with Rosario-Gonzalez still facing an investigation by the Florida Department of Education, the evidence (or lack thereof) will hopefully speak for itself, proving that he is or isn't the monster some in his community seems to be making him out to be.
Do you think this teacher should be kept out of the classroom?
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