HS student bullied for starring in XXX gay porn video. Principal suspends him as a disturbance

Note - sub-links in linked article below to porn site in question are extremely NSFW.

Re this article “High School Senior Suspended for Starring in Gay Porn”. His friends are outraged that the school have suspended him instead of going after the people harassing him.

I can see their perspective but what are you, as a school administrator, going to do with an 18 year old student that decides they want to be a porn star at the same time they are attending high school? High school social dynamics are feral enough as it is, for this kid to decide that this was the appropriate thing to do at this time was IMO an extremely foolish decision.

Assume you are a principal with a porn star student. What is your best course? Remove him? Have him ID any people harassing him and expel them? Get him a bodyguard? Have school a assembly and tell everyone to leave him alone? What do you do?

I think the bullying students who are searching for, posting and sharing the porn are the ones causing a disturbance. Many of them may be underage and shouldn’t be viewing or have access to it anyway.

While I don’t think it’s a great career choice for this young man, it is legal and he shouldn’t be denied a public school education for this choice. Heck, he might even regret doing the film/pics and he shouldn’t get to graduate from high school for what he may now/later consider a mistake!? I would argue that he is just the sort of person who would benefit from further guidance and education in a supportive environment, which would perhaps introduce him to other options. Or he may just be having fun doing porn and be on his way to a lucrative career, in which case he still has a right to public education.

Classical “blame the victim” thinking. The school’s duty is to protect students from bullying. What next? Kick out handicapped kids, because fully-abled kids make fun of them? This is nothing but a cheap attempt by the school to punish the institution of x-rated movies. Not to get too Godwin here, but, what, kick out black kids in racist communities? We had to send in Airborne troops to integrate the schools!

If he’s 18, then it isn’t the school’s role to tell him what jobs he can or can’t have when he’s not at school.

Boom.

I’m sure that there are exceptions to that rule, depending on the state. :confused:

I am not a law-talkin’-guy, but it seems to me that if it’s lawful in the state of Florida for an 18-year-old to perform in a pornographic film (and it must be, considering that Miami is one of the biggest porn-producing cities in the country these days), then it shouldn’t matter whether or not that 18-year-old is still in school or not. If he were a minor, then his ability to take a job would be contingent on the school giving him a work permit (and obviously not in that particular industry), but as an adult they shouldn’t have any say whatsoever in the matter.

Work permits aren’t even required for minors in Florida. It looks like schools can waive hour limitations, but that’s it.

Update: apparently the guy has been allowed to return to school.

Normally I give principals the benefit of the doubt in such cases, since often we’re not hearing the whole story.

I cannot imagine what the rest of the story could be that would justify the principal’s actions here. First the suspension, second the condoning of bullying, and third the blatant violation of student free speech rights by threatening to expel anyone wearing a supportive t-shirt?

Somebody ought to be suspended, but it ain’t the kid.

There’s plenty of precedent for the principle that you can get on trouble at school for legal acts that take place outside school.

Seems the School Board looked at the facts and decided the punishment did not fit the non-crime. Score one for the notion that lawful activity outside of school hours and grounds should not be held against the student (it would be a different story in the case of a faculty member/district employee). Now how about scoring one for the notion of going after those who actually caused the disturbance.

I think the Principal took the path of least resistance here. He probably figured by suspending the porn star kid, he removes the one definitive source of the conflict. Identifying and punishing all the kids who bullied him is much harder since obviously a lot of these bullies are going to do it in a way that could be handwaved.

Plus, being Florida and all, I wouldn’t be shocked if the parents of some kid hypothetically suspended for gaybashing pulled some religious freedom bullshit out of their ass and tried to sue the school :rolleyes:

yes. It’s high time we start focusing on school bullying! Lol

I do not understand your apparent disdain about the need to stop school bullying.
Or am I being obtuse and not getting an inside joke or something?

The principal was wrong based upon the school board’s reversal of his decision.
The people who bullied ‘Noel’ should be punished, but ALL bullies should be punished. You can’t allow children to accept physical or emotional violence as a way to settle disputes. That is no way to inculcate civilized behavior in people.

One wonders how this would have been different if the 18-year-old had been female.
Or if ‘Noel’ were heterosexual.

What if Noel worked at a grocery store during the day? And on the smoke break outside the store, other co-workers started criticizing Noel for doing gay porn on the weekends and evenings. Noel took offense to it and yelling ensued and customers complained. The store manager upon learning of the events decided to fire Noel.

Would people’s reactions be different than what happened in the school situation.

Interesting seeing some responses on one hand talk about an adult’s right to pursue legal activities without retribution by the school, and then others talk about the school’s obligation to protect children from bullying.

Bullies and their targets can be any age. A group of 17 year olds could very easily bully a lone 18 year old.

The school’s responsibility is to protect their students from being bullied. If he is 18 and still a student, he is just as deserving of having the school take his mistreatment seriously as if he were 12.

In Ontario, the Ministry of Labour has instituted as part of the Workplace Health and Safety Training guidlines a mandate requiring businesses to include a workplace bullying unit into ongoing and regularly updated training courses.

According to one of the linked articles, the school is now saying that it suspended him because of allegations that he was making threats against other students who were taunting him. It sounds like CYA to me, but all I know is what I’ve read on the internet.

Under those circumstances, Noel might have a legal claim regarding a hostile work environment.

I think the school has an obligation to work toward an environment free of bullying, regardless of who the victim/bully is, whether child or adult. Bullying adults is not OK, etiher.