A science teacher fired for her past involvement in pornographic films will continue to fight for her job at the Oxnard School District. Stacie Halas and her attorney have filed an appeal to the Ventura County Superior Court, seeking a reversal to an administrative law ruling made last month that upheld the firing. Halas’ attorney Richard Schwab said the fact that his client is being judged on her past profession brings up very significant legal issues. “I think we have to look at what is the purpose of a hearing. Is it to look at your past and judge you?”
Comments: Her lawyer argues that the firing would teach kids that past actions might come back to ruin one´s future! Perfect reason for dismissal, in addition to classroom distraction factors, etc.
Then again, she was only a porn performer; not like she was a member of the US Congress or anything like that.
What purpose does publicizing her past accomplish? Does this mean that someone with such a past have no chance of doing more with a life? If she lied on her application then so what? Everyone lies on their resumes to an extent.
I would not want someone like this to teach my child.
I want my child to learn that he or she ALWAYS has options that do not include putting themselves in a place where they clearly have no self-respect.
I don´t want my girls to learn that putting themselves in a place where it´s okay for men to disrespect them, or put in the minds of my sons that women with low self-esteem are okay to take advantage of, is a healthy way to live life.
I can just hear the mind of a young irl thinking, "Well, Ms. R was in porn before she became a teacher, so if I do that, then I will build a life for myself too."
Anita Bryant fought and lost the battle to bar homosexual teachers. How much worse is a former porn star?
This Oxnard teacher may or may not win her job back, but eventually it will be illegal to discriminate against anyone no matter what their perversion. When everything is allowed the only crime will be not allowing everything.
Typical public school teacher. I thought they all had such pasts.
Notice that it´s the affirmative action cases, found in the math/sci departments who have all the issues. The last female math teacher whose name was in the news was the one who got fired in Florida for ordering her students to vote for Obama. Now we have this one, a science teacher. Talk about scraping bottom.
I think the district has a pretty strong case because of her lying on her application about ´´things that occurred some years ago.´´ (Her porno career was in 2005). I doubt they would have hired her had they known. What´s more, letting her lie means EVERYONE can lie about their pasts from now on, consequence free. Still, one wonders about the quality of background investigations these people do, apparently, they don´t do any.
The other interesting thing is that porno actors are all warned, before they participate, that there is no keeping such a past secret and they´ve got to expect being exposed. Guess she didn´t listen to the instructions - not a good quality in a teacher.
How many people have something in their past that is embarrassing or even illegal? Ever been speeding or reckless driving? How about smoking a little weed in college? Ever got behind the wheel when you might have had a bit too much to drink? Ever cheated a bit on a test? Ever said something bad about another person that caused that person some real problems?
She did something completely legal for a brief period of time before she worked for this school. She is no longer doing it and seems to be a good teacher. How many of us could hold our complete past up to examination and have nothing of which to be concerned? If someone asked, have you ever "fill-in-the-blank" how many of us would willingly own up to it?
The students finding out about her films certainly creates a difficultly. It affects her credibility as an instructor. But firing her seems unfair.
IMO her past shouldn´t be held against her, since what she did wasn´t illegal and only for a brief period, but it is difficult to get middle school boys, who had viewed her films, to concentrate on the subject matter. What you do in your youth can affect your entire life.
Talking about this does as much good as talking about the fellow who smoked dope (illegal) and did blow when it was available (also illegal). Just not fair to hold people responsible for actions in their past.
It is depressing how the concept of redemption has been nearly cleaned out of our culture when it used to be the primary exit for villains in the early motion pictures. Horatio Alger´s stories nearly always had at least one bad person undergoing a redemption before the tale´s end -- sometimes the hero himself began as a thief or bully.
I say let the teacher have a chance to redeem her life, moving away from the lurid and into a position of socially responsible educator. At least she doesn´t pretend that stuff never happened (a la Bill & Hillary Clinton)
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