Stacie Halas, a California Teacher fired for Porn Past, loses appeal

Stacie Halas with her attorneyI read this Huffington Post article about a teacher who was fired because she had been in porn movies.  Stacie Halas was fired because she had been in pornographic films before she became a teacher.  Halas says she was in porn movies for a nine month period when she became financially strained after her boyfriend left her.  She had stopped making such films before she decided to become a teacher.

She appealed to the courts that her personal past shouldn’t impede her from working at the school.  Judge Julie Cabos-Owen said such a past matters in an age when technology makes porn easy to access and hard to bury.

“Although her pornography career has concluded, the ongoing availability of her pornographic materials on the Internet will continue to impede her from being an effective teacher and respected colleague.”

Halas was fired in April from her job as a science teacher at Haydock Intermediate School in Oxnard after online videos of her in porn were discovered by students and teachers.  Student claims that the teacher was moonlighting as a porn star were initially dismissed after school officials said they couldn’t find any images of her on the Internet – but they were using the school’s computers, which don’t allow access to porn.  Teachers then showed administrators downloads of Halas’ sex videos from their smartphones.

Judges believe her effectiveness in the classroom had been compromised.

My take:

Yes, her effectiveness could potentially have been compromised.  I just don’t think she should be fired for something she did before she became a teacher.  I think this is an invasion of privacy.  At what point do we stop shaming people for their pasts?

I also would like to know why no one brought up why middle school children were looking up porn in the first place.  Isn’t that the better question?

Why were her colleagues looking up her videos?  Isn’t that a bit perverted? 

Maybe I’d feel differently if I had children.

So I ask you:

Should she have been fired?

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9 responses to “Stacie Halas, a California Teacher fired for Porn Past, loses appeal”

  1. Kamil Zawadzki says :

    I come from a similar position on this as you in the sense that I don’t have children, either.
    But at the same time, being a porn star before becoming a teacher, that’s different than, say, if she was a sexual offender/pedophile and then sought employment at the school district. One is a career and the other is a crime.

    She should not have been punished for her previous job.

    It might be good to note that stories like this also make it harder for sex industry workers to get away from that line of work. After all, regardless of what you do, it’s income and you need to pay the bills – and if you’re just going to be shamed and fired from a non-controversial job, what’s the point of quitting porn?

  2. thelimberlawyer says :

    I so agree Kamil and RealTalk. We shouldn’t be shaming these folks. After I graduated from high school, a former classmate ended up in some trouble (drugs, etc.) and everyone saw the video online. I felt so bad for her, and can only hope that a bad decision at a young age during a difficult time doesn’t haunt her forever.

    Seems similar to historically being shunned for having a baby out of wedlock, where you couldn’t get a job and the baby starved.

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      Thanks for the comment!

      The level of hypocrisy in this country can sometimes be maddening. This woman tries to change, but isn’t allowed to.

      Btw, any comments you see from RealTalk are from me (Angelo). Mariam, my co-blogger, responds through her personal acct. In case you were wondering.

  3. JF Owen says :

    I have children and grandchildren. While I think this young lady made a questionable choice for her early career, we aren’t privy to all of her financial details at the time and shouldn’t judge her. I wouldn’t have a problem if she was teaching in our school district.

    So, let me see if I can sum up the situation concisely. This woman is being terminated because she had a perfectly legal career in which she engaged in actions that harmed no one while paying her bills honorably and avoiding becoming a drain on the welfare system. For that she is being chastised and her current method of supporting herself is being eliminated. Gotta love our legal system.

    Rather than chastise her for doing what she could to survive, why not hold her change to a teaching career up as an example of someone who worked to improve themselves and succeeded?

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      Exactly! Sometimes the level of hypocrisy in this country is maddening.

      BTW, on a different topic I’ve meaning to ask you if your wife and you have decided to get another dog. Been thinking about it ever since I read you “Rufus” post.

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