Mon, 12 March 2012

Shawn Loftis
An American teacher who was fired when his past as a gay porn star came to light has been allowed to return to work.

Shawn Loftis, who worked in the adult film industry under the name of Collin O'Neal, left the business in 2010 to start teaching.

In April last year, officials at Nautilus Middle School in Miami, Florida, where he worked as a substitute teacher, discovered his previous career.

Loftis, who has a degree in international relations and a master's degree in public administration, argued that his porn antics were in the past and that they were not illegal, but to no avail.

His license to teach was revoked for failing to uphold regulations that demand that teachers "conduct themselves, both in their employment and in the community, in a manner that will reflect credit upon themselves and the school system."

Now, the Florida Education Commission has ruled that Loftis can return to teaching and can even apply for full time teaching posts.

"I'm proud of my state. I was really shocked that the state of Florida was going to do this. I'm happy," Loftis told LA Weekly.

"This is my past and I left it behind. I can use my experiences in life to teach kids. The key point is that they said when you go back to the classroom and a student brings this up to you, you will be able to handle that. I thought that was highly progressive of them," he added.

by Staff Writer

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R 3/16/2012 4:42:09 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
Im impressed and a little disappointed. Im impressed because the education commission without any visible pressure did the right thing for Shawn. Im disappointed because he shouldn't have had to go through this at all. If Jenna Jamison wanted to start teaching kindergarden would she have bn fired rite then n there? Im even more disappointed that GLAAD or HRC didn't even make n effort try n defend him... Im sure its cause he was a pornstar (n a damn good one too). If they couldn't make noise for him like they do for even the most ridiculous shit once in a while, then thier efforts of making the world a better place of us comes to nought. You either defend us all or fuck off n waste somone elses time.

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