Science Teacher Fired for Starring in Adult Films Should Get a Second Chance

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chalkboardIn the latest bit of news that confirms America is full of prudes, a California woman dubbed the "porn star teacher" by the media has lost her bid to return to teaching kids middle school science. Stacie Halas was fired last year after students found out she'd starred in adult films, even though she'd straightened out her life and gone legitimate with a teaching career. And now a panel of judges says Halas can never really be a good teacher because of her past.

The court ruling says the availability of this teacher's porno past online will always "impede her from being an effective teacher." Wow, a three-judge panel just sold every kid in America short!

While I will agree that there is always the chance that the Internet-savvy kids of America will be able to call up videos of their teacher doing the hanky panky, I'm not exactly sure why it's so impossible for a woman like Halas to be effective in a classroom ... no matter what her students see.

She's an adult. She has a naughty past. So what?

As parents, we expect our kids' teachers to do a good job inside a classroom. We want them to engage our kids and help them learn. But they're still people, people who have private lives beyond the classroom. Isn't our job as parents to teach our kids about the boundaries between private and professional?

Isn't it our job to talk to our kids about issues that come up, issues like finding a video of their teacher doing the dirty deed online? We are, after all, talking about a woman who teaches older kids, kids old enough to search the Internet and find her adult films. These kids should be at a cognitive level where their parents can discuss this issue rationally. By this age, kids should be old enough to understand that humans are flawed, that sometimes we have things in our past that we aren't proud of, but that the important thing is what we have done about it. 

In the case of the "porn star teacher," she moved on. She left the adult film industry, she became a teacher, she tried to mold young minds. That's just the sort of success story more teens need to hear about!

I don't care what the judges say; I say she can be a good teacher if parents will just give her a chance.

Do you really think it's fair to say a teacher can't be effective in a classroom today because of her past? Would you have a problem with this woman teaching your kids?


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nonmember avatar MammaMel

Geeze! This is the problem anymore, apparently you can't actually turn your life around. Sorry, but that is the kind of person I want to be teaching my kid! She turned her life around, kids are more likely to listen to someone who was in a bad place and changed things...I know I was!

power... powertothekids

if he is a good teacher,doesnt do porn stuff in class,is responsible he should be able to get his job back [how did the kids even find that out?}

prinz... prinzesa_edith

middle school is not so innocent, they can access the internet and the teacher will be a laughing stalk. if he does teach maybe he should teach elementry students, they are still innocent enough to not know or care.

nonmember avatar CrystalMP

Im sorry but high school kids don't have the maturity to see past something like this. So no she cant be effective in the classroom when thats all they're going to be thinking about. Being in those films has made her an object not a person, sure she turned her life around now but after you see something like that you don't really see the person in the same light anymore....

Doomy234 Doomy234

Just because you used to get paid for doing the horizontal monster mash, doesnt mean that you arent intelligent and capable of teaching. Why is it her fault that her students are looking up smut? Shouldnt it be on the parents to be responsible for what their kids view online? Its not like she was showing the videos in class or even talking about her past. Give her back her job. She did nothing wrong.

Pinkmani Pinkmani

I wonder how the kids found out that she did porn. I thought you have to be 18 in most states 21 in others to view porn. 

I've had teachers admit that they smoked weed, drove drunk, etc. but it doesn't make them a bad person. I would totally hire her. 

Vegeta Vegeta

Adult film is a legitimate job, she wasn't a pedophile or a meth addict. You don't need to 'turn your life around' or 'straighten out' from something that's perfectly legal and unharmful. If the kids are under 18 they shouldn't be watching porn anyway. Let her teach science, people can be smart and still bone. (although it seems that only the unintelligent ones procreate constantly)

tubes... tubesreversed

The porn is the past. If this teacher went to college and earned the degree then she should be teaching. Show me one person who hasn't made a past mistake. If anything she knows where she came from and is making a better life for herself. I am sure many of the teachers have things in their past that they would not want the public to know about. She is human and just maybe she could be a role model to others on how she chose to change her life.

nonmember avatar Christina

My problem is with the parents of whatever kid was unsupervised enough to recognize this teacher from a porn.

Mommi... MommietoJB

What are the kids in this middle school doing watching porn anyway? I dont see a problem with her teaching. This is America she should have the freedom to change her life around go to college and become a teacher.

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