An education commission in Orlando says he can reapply to be a teacher, but he’ll be on probation for two years. What kind of probation? No gay porn for two years? Remember, Collin O’Neal was working in porn, stripping in gay bars, and fighting with gay porn bloggers all while he was supposedly “retired” from the industry. But I don’t want to talk about Collin O’Neal. I’m interested in the Florida Department of Education.
What compelled them to believe that putting O’Neal in a classroom wouldn’t be a distraction to students? Maybe they understand that he would be a distraction, but that that distraction would be “worth it” because Collin O’Neal is such a great guy and such an amazing teacher! But, why bother? Aren’t there other people without the baggage who want to be teachers? Is Collin O’Neal that good of a teacher? (And remember, he was a substitute teacher, not even a full time teacher with his own class.)
To be clear, I think it’s good that someone with a porn past is being given a “second chance,” but I’d like to know how the FDOE can justify this specific ruling with regard to a very famous and very prolific gay porn star like Collin O’Neal. I’d like the FDOE to convince me how someone who has appeared in–and actively sought the attention of–mainstream media to discuss his work as a gay porn star and whose gay porn name and gay porn image is still being used to market and sell hardcore gay porn won’t be a distraction to internet-savvy children who are supposed to be coming to school to learn about history and math and literature, not the highly publicized and troubled past of their infamous teacher. At what point would the FDOE say, “Uhh, sorry, but this is all a bit much”? What would Collin O’Neal had to have done for the FDOE to have denied his request?
O’Neal even went so far to tell one local news outlet that he wanted to “guide students away from making the same mistakes he made.” So, now doing gay porn was a “mistake”? OK. And which curriculum would that sort of lesson fall under? This is why children are going to school now, to learn about their teachers’ mistakes?