Once you go porn star, you can never go back, it seems. Or at least that's the takeaway from a recent story out of Oxnard, California, where a 32-year-old middle school teacher at Haydock Intermediate School was fired back in April after students found out she had appeared in more than one adult film. Stacie Halas appealed the decision, but yesterday, a three-judge panel unanimously decided that she was unfit for the classroom. Ugh, what a bunch of Puritans!
Seriously, my heart really goes out to this woman. Maybe it's because her lawyer said that Halas didn't do any porn movies while teaching at any school district. She only took parts during an eight-month stint -- from 2005 to 2006 -- because she was suffering from financial problems after her boyfriend abandoned her. But too bad!
Apparently she's been blacklisted from Haydock ... and after making national news with this story, I wouldn't be surprised if she struggles to find work in education again.
Look, I understand that kids digging up porn of their teacher could potentially undermine said teacher's ability to be an effective educator. But at the same time, what kind of message does it send to destroy Halas' current teaching career based on her past? And a sliver of her past at that? It's not exactly encouraging to anyone who would like to -- and has every right to! -- move into a more admirable, mainstream profession from a less conventional one, like porn.
Other than these old videos that surfaced (and side note: I question why no one is talking about how that's okay that these pre-teens' have full access to Google for porn?), Halas did nothing else to deserve a bad reputation. As her lawyer said, she's "representative of a lot of people who may have a past that may not involve anything illegal or anything that hurts anybody." And now she'll struggle to find work doing what she loves and is trained to do, based only on a brief but "unsavory" choice from her past. What a shame.
How do you feel about this case? Do you think Halas should have been allowed back in the classroom or should be hired at a different school?