The teacher was a hooker

Would You Want A Former Hooker Teaching Your Children? asks NewsReal Blog.

We’re not talking about a sadder but wiser ex-hooker. Melissa Petro, a 30-year-old art and writing teacher at a Bronx elementary school, wrote online about her experiences as a stripper and “sex workers” using her real name and photo. She posted a video in which she talks about considering a lesbian love affair with a fellow stripper. Warned colleagues were googling her, she refused to be more discreet.

. . . through sex work I discovered in myself a seemingly unending source of power and autonomy relating but not only having to do with my newfound ability to make money, and lots of it, anywhere in the world.

. . . In an off the record conversation, a sympathetic administrator kindly asked if I couldn’t publish under a pseudonym. I wish, for her sake, I could. But for sake of the rights and integrity of myself and every other man or woman who makes or has made choices similar to mine, and then tries to make sense of these choices, I cannot. I learned along the way that “you are only as sick as your secrets.”

Then, in the Huffington Post, Petro wrote about her time as a prostitute in a column complaining that Craigslist no longer carries “adult services” ads. She was transferred to a clerical job with no student contact.

Petro, who earns $61,000 a year as a teacher, got tenure a week before her HuffPost column revealed for the first time that she’d been a prostitute, not just a stripper. Despite the tenure, I predict she’ll be fired for unprofessional conduct. After all, prostitution is illegal.

While dragging out the dismissal fight, she’ll find a publisher for the book she’s writing about her experiences as a sex worker.

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Comments

  1. No other profession provides a safety net of tenure. The practice needs to be done away with altogether, or at least implemented with restrictions.

  2. Who hired her? Where’s the responsibility of District officials who clearly failed in allowing her to be hired in the first place?

    Instead of focusing on “tenure” – why aren’t people focusing on that?

  3. Tenure simply means the right to contractual due process. Doing away with tenure, in most cases, would mean an award-winning teacher could be fired for giving an F to the child of the school board president, and would have no recourse at all. Think it won’t happen? You aren’t living in the world.

  4. Mike, that *might* happen, but this *is* happening. Perhaps you should rethink your cheap shot about living in the real world?

  5. I thought we were a society that believed in second chances, that believed that a person could turn their life around and make something of themselves with hard work, faith, and dedication. Also, that we were a society of freedom of speech. Turns out both are false assumptions… If you did something unsavory in your past, or even get accused of something you didn’t do (and it’s proven you didn’t do it later), it doesn’t matter anymore – the Scarlet Letter is put on you, and your life is over! It actually makes me shocked that the suicide rate in the U.S. isn’t *much* higher than it is already.

    And Mike has a point; this blog alone has shown us that things that crazy – and much crazier – have already happened, in recent years alone.

  6. She’s probably not the first ex-hooker to become a teacher, but the public pride she takes in her former profession is what makes her unfit to teach elementary school.

  7. I’m more concerned that she’s looking to sell a memoir, a script, etc. Attention whoring bothers me more than sex work. And why does a grade school art teacher need tenure? To pursue her “research”?

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