Can admitted prostitute be a teacher?

An arts teacher in the Bronx has been put on administrative duties after revealing on stage and in The Huffington Post that she was a stripper and a sex worker.

From The New York Daily News:

Melissa Petro, 30, an art teacher at Public School 70 in Mount Eden, recently revealed her dark side at the Bowery Poetry Club on the lower East Side.

“My memoir that I’m working on now is about my experiences in the sex industry starting when I was 19 years old and living as a student abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico,” Petro said at the event, videotaped by an audience member and obtained Monday night by the Daily News….

The city Education Department learned of Petro’s past from a post this month on TheHuffingtonPost.com, in which she claimed she was also a craigslist.org hooker from October 2006 to January 2007….

“A former colleague at PS 70 called Petro a “star” in the classroom.”

“ ‘If you want to be a teacher and that’s your goal, it’s stupid,’ she said of Petro’s openness about her past. “If you want to sell books then maybe not – that’s her prerogative.’ ”

Here’s a link to what she wrote for The Huffington Post.

“From October 2006 to January 2007 I accepted money in exchange for sexual services I provided to men I met online in what was then called the “erotic services” section of Craigslist.org. No more a ‘professional’ than a person renting a room on the same site is necessarily a professional real estate broker, for me and other women and men like myself, Craigslist at that time provided a simple, familiar forum through which I could do my business with complete anonymity, from the safety and convenience of my own home. At Craigslist.org, I was able to bill myself as exactly what I was at the time: a graduate student, bored and curious, sexually uninhibited, looking to make a little money while having a little fun. I wrote my own ads, screened my own prospective dates, decided on my own what I would and would not do for money, and — best of all — I kept every penny I earned, all without the interference of an agency or other ubiquitous ‘middle man.’ “…

“…It has been some years since the last time I met a stranger through Craigslist for reasons other than to buy or sell a piece of furniture. I hope to never again make the choice to trade sex for cash even as I risk my current job and social standing to speak out for an individual’s right to do so. The simple fact is that people do have sex for money — many different kinds of people for many different reasons, people as varied as those looking to buy concert tickets, sell a collectible or adopt a pet — and these people will continue to. Whether the choice to do so is being dignified and protected with its own forum or whether what was once that safe space remains appropriately labeled “censored,” that choice, without a court order one way or another, remains up to Newmark.”

I agree with her former colleague that if she’s writing a memoir it just seems like good publicity to out herself as a sex worker. I suspect she knew she would be in trouble. If she didn’t have a publisher for her memoir before, she does now.

Would you want your kids being taught by someone who admito being a former stripper and/or prostitute?

Would it make a difference if the teacher was working with younger students versus teenagers?

Do you think she wrote the piece in The Huffington Post not thinking people would find out or purely for calculated publicity?

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shaggy

September 30th, 2010
6:12 am

No, it’s not very smart for a teacher to reveal their dirty laundry, unless they don’t really like teaching as much as making money on “Hot for Teacher – The True Story – Coming to Fox Network this season”.

Maybe she knew that eventually, she would be turned out and wanted to max out her earning potential when she had the chance.

Having her continue teaching would increase father participation in PTA and, uhhumm…parent-teacher meetings about juniors grades, don’tcha think?

Jeff

September 30th, 2010
6:46 am

It’s a stupid career move but nothing surprises me anymore. My guess is the ACLU will sue to protect her job and she’ll be encouraged to grasp the opportunity to have a teachable moment and “educated” students about the sex trade industry.

LOL. Good one Shaggy.

Well, yeah...

September 30th, 2010
7:58 am

…an admitted prostitute can be a teacher, but you may not like some of the stuff she may be teaching…

And, are’nt some marriages nothing but legal prostitution with some women wanting the security of a man taking care of them in exchange for sex?

Jeff

September 30th, 2010
8:18 am

Well yeah,….I wondered how long it would take for that spin on the subject to come up in this blog.

In defense of the women on here, the blog the other day made it pretty clear many of them were too tired from doing it all to have sex with their husbands, so your analogy is moot. LOL.

RJ

September 30th, 2010
8:19 am

In life we all make bad decisions. Some people never learn from their mistakes while others do and go on to be productive human beings. Think of the ministers, doctors and lawyers that have made mistakes but went on to live successful lives. I honestly would only have a problem with her teaching my child if she felt that what she did was right. Unless she feels that prostitution should be legal and therefore her actions were acceptable in her eyes. Other than that, I have no problem. There would be no need to reveal this to her students, even to teach a lesson. It’s a part of her past.

Would you refuse to listen to a minister that had gone to prison and now has turned his life over to God? I doubt it.

abc

September 30th, 2010
8:19 am

Her comparison of selling sex on craigslist to selling furniture on craigslist indicates that her character is insufficient to be teaching children of any age. Absolutely a morality problem.

Hey, Jeff...

September 30th, 2010
8:21 am

…that is why I used the term “some marriages” – that eliminated those wives to whom you refer, and also those wives who ‘claim’ to have insatiable libidos…

Light

September 30th, 2010
8:22 am

Let God will be done thru this blog http://lightoftheearth.blogspot.com/

Hey, RJ...

September 30th, 2010
8:23 am

…you wouldn’t, per chance, be a member at New Birth Church would you?

shaggy

September 30th, 2010
8:48 am

abc,

Shouldn’t YOU be teaching YOUR child about “morality”?

The article said she was a fine teacher, not that she was caught wearing spiked heels and lingere to class.

Always an Excuse

September 30th, 2010
9:02 am

“Some people never learn from their mistakes while others do and go on to be productive human beings.”

Unfortunately the numbers of those that never learn are skyrocketing. Maybe its that technology has exposed all the “mistakes”. The other thing is the word “mistakes” is used from everything to felony crimes to traffic tickets. A mistake is when you pour orange juice instead of milk on your cereal in the morning. Seriously, when are WE going to start taking accountability for ALL of our actions and suffer the consequences. I am teaching my kid right from wrong, but unfortunately the irresposible parent does have an effect on my child. :(

Bunch of Yentas

September 30th, 2010
9:02 am

Her point is that she rejects the traditional notion that sex for money should be shunned and prohibited. Its her stance. You don’t have to agree with her.

I actually do agree with her. But let the majority decide I suppose.

I think that legal prostitution is just what this country needs.

abc

September 30th, 2010
9:11 am

Citizen opinions about legality don’t make prostitution, nor pot, nor anything else legal. A teacher has made public her opinion about issues of morality; parents who are concerned with the role models their children are exposed to on a daily basis will not want her to teach their children.

It’s not controversial, merely racy. Her teaching days should be over.

Well, abc...

September 30th, 2010
9:22 am

…you certainly like to trample on the rights of free speech, now don’t you…

JJ

September 30th, 2010
9:22 am

We all have a past, we have all made poor choices. I’m sure she made a ton of money, put herself through school, and now want’s a “Legitimate” career. Good for her. I don’t have a problem with it.

What this country needs is more free thinkers.

JATL

September 30th, 2010
9:27 am

People need to think! I have no problems with her past, and if she wants to tell the world, that’s fine. If she worked in most other professions, I would see no problem with it, but when someone teaches kids and those kids have access to this kind of information (or even if their parents do -even young kids pick up on things they hear their parents talk about) -well, sorry! Find a different career or DON’T SHARE YOUR BACKSTORY! I used to teach, and if I had once been a stripper or a hooker or anything “shady” -I certainly would have kept it locked up tight. Quite honestly, if it had ever come to light for some reason, I would have expected to be fired. Not in my job today, but I don’t teach kids anymore. People need to learn that their lives don’t have to be a completely open book.

I DO think prostitution should be legal. I think drugs should be legal too, but that doesn’t mean I want former prostitutes and drug dealers teaching my kids or anyone else’s. I don’t care if they own a business I frequent, fix my car, get a medical degree or design my house, but I smell nothing but trouble mixing an open background like this with teaching kids.

abc

September 30th, 2010
9:30 am

‘trample on rights of free speech’, no, of course not. The teacher is free to say anything she wants, in any venue of forum she to which she can gain access. Likewise, I have the same rights. Free speech has absolutely nothing to do with it.

Kate

September 30th, 2010
9:33 am

I really think this person decided she could make a lot more money selling a “book” than being a teacher. I guess that’s a big step up from other things she’s done for money.

In answer to the question, no, I absolutely would not want this person teaching my kid! I might be more sympathetic if this was something that happened in the distant past, but not only was she involved in prostitution fairly recently, she actually seems to condone it. By choosing to be a prostitute she showed a complete lack of judgement or concern for her personal safety, not to mention a total absence of morality and character. Such a person is not fit to be in charge of children either in a classroom or anywhere else.

Jeez, last week we had parents freaking out about Katy Perry’s boobies on Sesame Street, yet there’s actually some question as to whether or not its acceptable for you child to have an unrepentant prostitute as a teacher?

JATL

September 30th, 2010
9:41 am

@JJ -I agree about the freethinkers and the fact that we’ve all made some bad choices, but I think she should find a different career path. I don’t think kids (especially young women) should think it’s okay to strip or be a hooker because it will all work out in the end. For this woman -good for her -it HAS, but think of most of the women who are prostitutes -not a good move. Stripping is iffy -some actually do it to get through school and have no issues, but it sucks a lot of young women into crappy lives. I DO think it’s a parents job and not a teacher’s to instill morality, but we know kids do look to other adults and think, well, if they did it and it’s okay…

Dixie Chic

September 30th, 2010
9:45 am

“We all have a past, we have all made poor choices”

That catch-all phrase doesn’t cover it. Statements like that hint of lots of dirty sorid secrets. You tell your poor choices and I’ll tell mine, someting tells me they’ll be vastly different! ;)

FYI – I’m all for free speech. It’s beautiful thing.

Hey, abc, you said...

September 30th, 2010
9:45 am

…regarding her comments “It’s not controversial, merely racy. Her teaching days should be over”. If that is not trampling HER right to free speech, I do not know what is…

To quote "Porky's"...

September 30th, 2010
9:46 am

…”Moral Turpitude”

abc

September 30th, 2010
9:47 am

That’s ridiculous. Since when does free speech entail the necessity of people agreeing with what one has to say? She can say anything she wants, and I can react or not react in like fashion.

Perhaps you don’t understand the concept of free speech.

abc

September 30th, 2010
9:49 am

To repeat, since evidently some keywords trigger post quarantine: free speech does not require that people agree with what one says. For instance, you don’t agree with me, but you’re free to say so. If I were to publicly admit to illegal activity, especially that which would indicate issues of morality, I’d expect to be fired, too.

TechMom

September 30th, 2010
10:14 am

Hopefully she gets a book deal that makes her enough money to not ever have to teach again b/c her teaching days are over… unless she wants to go to another country and try to run from her past. Dumb move.

LMAO

September 30th, 2010
10:15 am

“…regarding her comments “It’s not controversial, merely racy. Her teaching days should be over”. If that is not trampling HER right to free speech, I do not know what is…”

How is that trampling free speech? The prostitute said what she wanted to say but opinions to the contrary are not? LMAO …

catlady

September 30th, 2010
10:15 am

Do you believe in redemption?

LMAO

September 30th, 2010
10:20 am

“Do you believe in redemption?”

Not when you are trying to get your 15 minutes of free publicity. If the prostitute would have just kept her mouth shut, chose a different carrer path, then yes eventually she would have redeemed herself. Yet another wrong path taken in life. :(

Kate

September 30th, 2010
10:22 am

There seems to be a lot of confusion about just what “freedom of speech” means and what constitutes a violation of that freedom. Freedom of Speech gives a person the right to speak without government censorship or persecution, but it does not permit them from ANY consequences. This person chose to publicly admit to participating in illegal activity, yet she is not in jail, and as far as I know, no one is pursuing charges against her. Both the school she works for and the community in general, however, have an equal right to express their own freedom of speech by renouncing her behavior. Yes, this woman will probably loose her job over this, but that is a reasonable consequence for a school teacher publicly admitting to being a prostitute.

Kate

September 30th, 2010
10:24 am

Sorry for the typo. Should be protect, not permit.

Dad

September 30th, 2010
10:54 am

The only legitimate concern here, in my mind, is her classroom audience. I do think the school should be concerned about classroom disruptions/effectiveness if the students are old-enough to be aware of her shenanigans. So, having her teach a class of pubescent boys is probably not a great idea. Other than that, I presume the school board hired her because they thought she was qualified for the job, and they just need to deal with it.

JATL

September 30th, 2010
11:02 am

Freedom of speech means that I absolutely have the right to stand up at work right now and announce, “I did 5 lines of cocaine this morning before coming in!” However, I should expect to be fired. And no, I didn’t actually do that…

RJ

September 30th, 2010
11:59 am

Teaching is a career choice, not a lifestyle.

shaggy

September 30th, 2010
12:09 pm

Aww…c’mon she would be a natural to teach sex education. I am sure she could ace the banana demonstration, using her “professional” skills.

Sure she will get fired and move to Nevada as the rising star of the Mustang Ranch, probably do a promo tour here at one (or more) of our gentleman’s clubs, and retire after pulling down seven or eight $$ figures.

Then, she will move in next to abc ;)

There goes the neighborhood.

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JJ

September 30th, 2010
1:28 pm

LOL shaggy….

Actually, Kate...

September 30th, 2010
1:29 pm

…the typo should be “lose her job” rather than “loose her job”, though she used to be “loose” at her old job – could that have been a Freudian slip…

Let's see...

September 30th, 2010
1:34 pm

…if you are a “former” prostitute, are you always a “prostitute”, like an alcoholic is always a “recovering alcoholic”? So, if you are no longer a prostitute, but are married and still like sex, are you a recovering prostitute?

So, IMHO, unless she is caught in an illegal prostitution sting, she has the right to say as she pleases about her past without repercussions, but many of you here believe that because she exercized her right to free speech about something in the past then she should be fired –

As Artie Johnson used to say – VERY INTER-RESTING…..

Spacey

September 30th, 2010
1:37 pm

Do they kids really care anyway? I just don’t see how her past would be disruptive to the classroom.
I remember we talked about our teachers all the time.
Mrs Colton has spinach in her teeth, Coach Pratley likes the new Math teacher, Mr. Harbin is sleeping with one of his students, blah blah blah…
At the end of the day it was how the teacher controlled and taught the class that mattered. Once the door was shut and the lesson began nothing else mattered about them.
I don’t depend on a teacher to teach ethics/morals/citizenship to my children. It would make a great conversation with older children about choices if this was their teacher!
Should she be fired? Absolutely not. I hope she finds a Charter or Private school that accepts her the way she is and leaves public teaching.
Should she have put it out there? I would not have announced it, but I’m a little more modest than most.

steve

September 30th, 2010
1:52 pm

Fire her from her legal job and you will see her out on the street with her old illegal job…

Your choice what’s it going to be?

Jeff

September 30th, 2010
2:21 pm

Just crossed my mind:

If a male teacher admits to having frequented said “establishments” and “services” in the past and is a teacher to your daughter, would you feel the same way?

Ezra

September 30th, 2010
2:50 pm

I rather have a prostitue as a teacher than a homosexual.

LMAO

September 30th, 2010
2:52 pm

“Fire her from her legal job and you will see her out on the street with her old illegal job…
Your choice what’s it going to be?”

It’s about HER choices. She chose to be a prostitute to begin with and it would be HER CHOICE to do so again if she wishes after she is fired.

Young devil

September 30th, 2010
2:57 pm

They taught me a lot

Jesus Hernandez

September 30th, 2010
3:03 pm

Those of you without sin, cast the first stone.

JJ

September 30th, 2010
3:06 pm

Good question Jeff……but of course he would be labeled a STUD.

Technical Term

September 30th, 2010
3:12 pm

Shouldn’t your question actually read- “ex-prostitute”. There’s a good bit of difference, wouldn’t you say?

Qman

September 30th, 2010
3:12 pm

Let’s say she didnt get paid. But that she met people on craigslist, went on dates with them, and had sex with them (as some people do ) for PURE pleasure (and dinner). It is not illegal. Can she still be a teacher?

Counterpoint

September 30th, 2010
3:27 pm

“Those of you without sin, cast the first stone.”

That explains why so many on this blog condone her acts as an ex-prostitute and see no problem with her being a teacher. They see themselves in her shos and really want redemption for themselves for deep dark secrets. Quite hypocritical, but a human response I suppose. These same people always profess “I don’t care what people think”.

budman

September 30th, 2010
3:30 pm

I would rather my child be in a classroom with a hooker than Bishop Long Dong. At least she is honest.!

JohnD

September 30th, 2010
3:38 pm

After reading the comments I had an untrue story. I am a male and approached a woman asked if she would like to go out on a date. She said sure but you have to pay for the movies, dinner and a nice gift. After the date I expected nothing but she wanted to give me something for the great night. If I accept her gift of gratitude is it prostitution or just arrangement. I’ve always paid for dates never has a woman paid anything. Im out about 100k in my lifetime but if I just made arrangements maybe I could have saved some money. I think the difference is the money. I wonder if it was formal and a couple of meetings then gifts then sex would that still be illegal because it happens. I here all sorts of woman say all the time he bought me this and that and I see him from time to time. Is that a form of prostitution. Well anyway I think us men are all being exploited into illegal prostitution when we pay for dates. Split 50/50 for now on. Stay out of jail.

BillyBob from Brooklyn

September 30th, 2010
3:39 pm

Okay, maybe teaching art is a stretch and she should be teaching sex education instead. I don’t think her brief past vocation would have any negative impact on her present career. Okay, I agree that asking her students to draw an extra big Jimbob was a little out of line but….

Mark

September 30th, 2010
3:42 pm

I don’t see what one has to do with the other.

Steve

September 30th, 2010
3:53 pm

Maybe they should pay teachers more so that they don’t have to resort to other jobs.

Get it right

September 30th, 2010
3:57 pm

If every member (male and female) of Congress who had had premarital sex, illegal sex, commited adultry, had sex with prostitutes were forced out of office – would there be a quorum in either house?

David

September 30th, 2010
4:04 pm

Sorry but I’ll draw the right and wrong line here. No since she exposed her own past, and it is a shady past to say the least. It’s a part of society that is out there but one that should not be out and open to children. I know we are all adults, but the kids are not and we should not pretend that they are anything but children. The topic doesn’t need to be brought up to the really young kids, and it would be a distraction for older kids who “know more”.
Don’t get me wrong teachers are people and are entitled to have a life outside of the class room, however when you openly talk about performing illegal acts, that is again crossing the line.

wondering

September 30th, 2010
4:23 pm

Can we do that? no really can we?

Tom

September 30th, 2010
4:23 pm

To those who would balk over having this woman teach your child becuase of her supposed “morality” issues, do you not care about the morals of the teachers that simply never actually worked in the sex trade?

I’ve known quite a few teachers in my years, and believe me….some of them were (and probably still are) absolute FREAKS…..stuff that would make most of you blush…..probably kill a few of ya’.

Tom

September 30th, 2010
4:24 pm

Another point…….what if she had worked as a LEGAL prostitute in Nevada? Would that makee a difference?

wondering

September 30th, 2010
4:25 pm

I meant fire every member of congress that has had extramarital sex. We could start over.

Student

September 30th, 2010
4:27 pm

If illiterates can teach in Georgia why can’t prostitutes?

Male Student

September 30th, 2010
4:29 pm

Aren’t all WOMEN basically Prostitutes? They use what they have to get what they want.

DB

September 30th, 2010
4:35 pm

It’s one of those old-fashioned things that have clung to the teaching profession for eons — people want the woman (man?) teaching their child to be someone whose moral compass is going to let them err on the side of setting a good example instead of worrying whether the teacher is going the lead their impressionable child down a road of vice and ruin. :-) I think it stems from the fact that in the far past, the only people learned enough to be teachers were priests and other members of the clergy. There developed a sense that teachers had to be above reproach — heavens, a teacher wasn’t even allowed to be seen in a man’s company in Victorian times without her reputation being shredded and losing her job. It wasn’t until after the Civil Wat the women outnumbers the men as teachers — it was felt that a woman was ok to teach younger kids, but older kids needed the discipline that a man would bring to the classroom. (Coincidentaly, that was about the time that teaching starting becoming a lower-paid job — as soon as it became primarily women!) Even in the 1930s, teachers were forced to resign if they married, and teachers were fired in some districts if they were caught attending a dance! From 1872: “Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity and honesty.”

I guess most people still think there’s something somewhat slimey about renting your body by the hour, and while they may be personally understanding — that doesn’t mean that they want that person anywhere near their kids. Prostitution may be the “world’s oldest profession”, but it has never been something that a conscientious parent wanted their child to aspire to :-) I guess we want teachers that our children can look up to and emulate. This young woman doesn’t meet that criteria, and the fact that she’s still rationalizing it as “well, everyone does it in some form” tells me that she feels little remorse or sense of shame. That’s not the kind of teacher I would want for my child.

I remember that we had a family picnic for the members of my son’s soccer team (12 years old). Large team, big pool party, and it was a family party, for the parents as well as for the kids, and some father’s brought beer to the bbq. The coaches, young men in their early-mid 20’s from the U.K. were also there. One of the dads handed the coach a beer, and the coach turned it down politely (even though he was certainly an avid beer drinker!), with the smiling explanation — “I don’t drink in front of my players. I’m too close to their age, and it might send the wrong message.” I thought it was a brilliant and thoughtful response.

DB

September 30th, 2010
4:37 pm

T, my comment is lost in cyber-space . . .

DB

September 30th, 2010
4:39 pm

@Male Student: You’re obviously hanging around with the wrong kind of girl, then. Anything paid for by a sexual act usually isn’t worth that much in the first place.

Dirk Diggler

September 30th, 2010
4:46 pm

Hold Up DB!!

My first paid encounter was worth every bit of the $5 I paid.. If you dont believe me, come hang out on Fulton Industrial. It’s a free for all. Fulton County cant seem to get a grip on the situation but my girl Champagne can!!

Male Student

September 30th, 2010
5:06 pm

DB.

Never had a wife that wanted a new ring or something extravagant? Think they do the unmentionables that they hate the worst just because they were feeling generous? Trust me, they were doing it to get what they wanted. Think the date that you just bought dinner and a night out was just being generous. Get real!

Just watching

September 30th, 2010
5:06 pm

I’d rather have a prostitute than a “flaming” homosexual teaching my kids……..You would be surprised at the number of women who have put them selves through school by “doing it” on the the side……..

shaggy

September 30th, 2010
5:15 pm

I still say that this is a great way to get the fathers involved with their child’s learning.

“Don’t worry honey. You work around the house so hard, your TV shows, and those curler things in your hair, not to mention you would need to actually try putting on makeup. I’ll go meat the teacher for a long hard discussion about little Johnny. It will be my pleasure taking the load off.”

catlady

September 30th, 2010
6:55 pm

Should a kid have to be in a class with the kids of prostitutes, drug users, drug sellers, meth addicts, those who cheat on their spouse, those who are racist? Or should we say they are not to associate with kids whose parents are more “clean living?”

Should a teacher have to teach eight year olds who come to school stinking of the pot their parents smoked on the way to drop them off?

While I question her motives, everyone has baggage of some sort they bring to work, even if it is something like cheating on a spelling test at the age of 7 or taking a piece of candy or cussing their mother under their breath when they are 12. If we are looking for the perfect, we won’t have any schools.

DB

September 30th, 2010
7:03 pm

@Male Student: Umm — I’m a mid-50’s woman, so . . . yeah . . . hmm . . . no, I’ve never had a wife and I’ve never bought a date dinner (except in college, when I’d occasionally go Dutch if my date was running low.) If I want a new ring or something extravagant, kiddo, I damn well buy it myself, I don’t ask my husband’s “permission” or coerce him. And I can confidently state that I have NEVER paid for a dinner with sex — NO dinner has ever been THAT good. Any guy that expected that of me when I was single didn’t get a second date.

Again — I really question the kind of girls you’re hanging out with . . . apparently we’ve raised a generation of young women who have very little respect for themselves.

mom of 3

September 30th, 2010
7:08 pm

@catlady – copletely agree. Do you not consider teenage girls in middle and high school that go to sex parties in the afternoon when mom and dad aren’t home prostitutes in a way? They are the same girls doing it with different boys, no money changes hand but popularity with the opposite sex is achieved. Oh yeah, forgot none of our kids would do that.

Male Student

September 30th, 2010
7:13 pm

DB,

Actually it was your daughter! LOL

DB

September 30th, 2010
8:31 pm

@Male Student: Not with you, buddy.

EW

October 1st, 2010
3:17 am

As an non-tenured teacher who lost and has been fighting for my job after I was harassed for reporting a tenured teacher for corporal punishment, I am totally offended by this story and the fact that she places no value on her job and her position as a role model for her students. Her inability to censor herself, emotional immaturity, and cavalier attitude toward the privilege of making 61000.00 a year teaching art to children make her an unfit teacher.

Warrior Woman

October 1st, 2010
9:14 am

She has shown a complete lack of judgement and discretion by bragging talking opening about her past crimes with no indication of remorse. I wouldn’t want her teaching my children.

NorthGATeach

October 1st, 2010
9:16 am

She won’t be a teacher long. I’m sure she’ll go through legal woes, write a book, make a lot more money than teaching/’tuting combined and retire on a tropical island somewhere in the Bahamas. Let her go… We don’t need people like her in education anyway. What kind of teacher publically admits such trash?!

BTW… It should be the parents who set a moral background for our children. Yes, teachers should continue it in the classroom, but parents need to set the foundation.

As teachers, we may not like the fact that our lives are an open book (especially in small towns), but until we stand united and fight for our rights to “have a life”, we must face the public with our most moral persona. :) This former ‘tute needs to face the consequences of letting the “cat out of the bag”.

mom of 3

October 1st, 2010
1:28 pm

@NorthGATeach – bitter much????

carolyn

October 1st, 2010
5:22 pm

A prostitute is not a pedophile. Get over yourselves.

Zia

October 1st, 2010
7:33 pm

Interesting question. My personal belief is that what we refer to as “prostitution” is an ancient, honorable, and honest occupation, though it has, as Camille Paglia observed “been given a bad name by amateurs.” That said there is the issue that Ms. Petra has admitted to behaviors that extend beyond the boundaries of the law. Since she only talked about it however, and was not convicted of any crime, I think the school system should hire her if she is a qualified teacher. Of course, there are and always have been many teachers who have engaged in some form of sex work at some time in their lives, who have kept their activities secret. It seems to be the time in our culture when we do not necessarily to always be so secretive about our humanness and our sexuality.

mark hallen

October 2nd, 2010
3:12 am

I don’t think she should be fired because she’s a former prostitute. I think she should be fired because she’s a current idiot.

I mean, don’t you have to be a few colors short of the full set of Crayolas to think that writing about your past life as a hooker and stripper–without bothering to use a pseudonym–might cause a slight problem for your elementary school teaching career?

I don’t want stupid people teaching our kids. (more at laughs4dads.com)

BIG DEE DEE DAWG

October 2nd, 2010
11:07 am

day one, she’s looking at my boner, day 2 boner looking at her butter-bean, way down deep !!

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October 2nd, 2010
11:07 am

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Ed & Sandra

October 3rd, 2010
3:50 pm

Of course, a prostitute can be a teacher. We have CEO’s and other admitted crooks running corporations and even schools, so why not an ex prostitute? As long as she does not violate school policy by having sex with the students like so many non-prostitutes have done over the past couple of years. Or, start tie a student to a desk so they will listen. Then there are the parents that are switching partners, cheating and more. Where do we draw the line? At least with an admitted professional it is unlikely that the above commonly violated moral values will be committed. Been there, done that. Right?

NorthGATeach

October 4th, 2010
10:15 am

@ mom of 3 – it depends. are you one of those parents who thinks it is my job to teach your three kids moral values? or are you actually fulfilling your parental duties? i am only bitter towards parents who expect teachers to do the parents’ jobs…

Come on Son

October 5th, 2010
3:41 pm

Can a single teacher who accepts a paid vacation, rent or car payment assistance, or help with bills from the person they are dating be considered a prostitute?

iRun

October 5th, 2010
3:59 pm

All sex is transactional…don’t you kids know that? And, Male Student, it’s just as transactional for men as it is for women.

Now that it’s on the table…it’s time to relax.

Sometimes I agree to have sex with my husband because when I do, he gives me sex. Sometimes it’s because I want to snuggle and be all lovely. Sometimes it’s so he’ll be happy. Sometimes it’s so he’ll leave me alone after.

See? I got something out of it, every time!

All sex is transactional. All of it.