Calif. teacher with past in porn loses appeal - Yahoo! News
What do you think? Should she have lost her job considering making porn is not illegal?
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I think it was the right decision. I agree with this:
Halas' decision to "engage in pornography was incompatible with her responsibilities as a role model for students and would present an insurmountable, recurring disruption to our schools should she be allowed to remain as a teacher," Chancer said in a statement.
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I think she should have been allowed to stay in her job, and wish people would leave her alone.
She did nothing criminal, and no one has any reason to believe that she would do harm to their children or damage them mentally. As long as she isn't showing her movies in class, it has nothing to so with her current job.
I don't know. I agree that since she didn't do the porn while she was a teacher then she didn't break any morality contracts but I do see their point that now that teachers and students know it seems to be compromising her position as a teacher in that school.
I would think the pressing issue is middle school students accessing online porn. I know it is normal and I'm not anti porn but as a parent I would be much more concerned with that than the fact that their teacher *used* to perform in pornos.
As a teacher I would say this would definitely have an effect on her ability to perform her job. Not that she did the porn, but that the students now know about it. Classroom management is hard, especially at middle school. She has totally lost the respect of these students, and without that I think she would have a very hard time controlling her class, and this would definitely effect those kids ability to learn. Same goes with communicating with parents. No matter how good a teacher she is, some parents are going to blame their child's poor performance on her past, which will effect their attitude towards her and her school.
Now, if she had been up front when this was discovered (I don't think she needed to tell them before they hired her), I would want them to quietly move her to an elementary position if possible, where this wouldn't be an issue with the students. However, as she continued to deny and this has become such a huge deal, it would be difficult now to move her into a spot where this wouldn't effect the school or students.
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I think middle school is too close to kids reaching their sexual awareness. I'd think that if she was an elementary or preschool provider, it'd be easy to keep the kids in the dark, but it's too easy to spread rumors at that age and there are way too many kids with smart phones who would show other kids the pictures/videos. I feel bad for her, but I wouldn't want my son to have a teacher he could watch having sex.
I also wonder about her teaching because if the article is correct, she says she did it because her boyfriend abandoned her. It bothers me that she doesn't take responsibility for her own actions. Her lawyer is correct that it doesn't hurt anybody in a general sense, but honestly I can't see how she would be able to continue on without creating a huge problem for both the parents and the administration. The kids needs should come first and if their access to education is hindered by all the drama surrounded by the teacher, then the administration made the right choice.
It sucks but its obvious that her past has compromised her position in the present...it seems evident that it has already caused a disruption and is affecting her classroom environment.
Part of me wishes it didn't have that consequence, that people could move on and just leave the past in the past but i can see how that is really difficult with a bunch of middle school children.
Sometimes your past does come back to haunt you, even if its not illegal. Perhaps its not fair when it does...but life is not fair.
If i thought there was anything that they could do to attempt to 'fix' the situation without firing her, i think they should try that first. But I really don't know what could be done and I think they have less of an obligation to do so since she was not upfront and honest about it when confronted.
Yeah, I begrudgingly agree. I was about to defend her, but I just google imaged her by name......and, well, yeah. I can't imaging walking back into my classroom having seen my teacher in those, ah, positions. Wishing I had one of those memory eraser sticks now that they have in men in black, actually, and she isn't even my teacher. Who uses their real name when they do pornos? Jeez. Dummy.
I was totally on her side, until I read that she lied to her employer for 9mths. I just dont think you can do that. I get why she lied though.
I also cant believe that her employer didnt know about the career before they hired her, unless she was paid under the table?
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