I noticed this on MSN… which for some reason has become my home page.
Cristy Nicole Deweese, 21, is a first-year Spanish teacher at Rosie M Collins Sorrells School in Dallas, but in February 2011 she was Playboy’s “Coed of the Month”.
The local independent school board has acknowledged it is aware of parents’ concerns while a spokesperson said it was a “personal matter and will not be discussed”.
A spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency said it was a “murky situation” because Ms Deweese posed in the shoot before she was hired as a teacher.
“It wasn’t an illegal activity, but it raises the question about whether that action violated the Educators’ Code of Ethics,” agency spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe said.
Texas educators are governed by a Code of Ethics that requires them to be of “good moral character and be worthy to instruct or supervise the youth of this state”.
One concerned parent who spoke anonymously to the Dallas Morning News was upset that Ms Deweese was not removed from her position following the revelations last Friday because she was clearly a distraction to students.
“Are her male 16- and 17-year-old students looking at her without picturing her nude?” the parent said.
Speaking to local media, attorney John Browning specialising in employment and internet law said that Ms Deweese’s fate depends on what she said in her interview but the real lesson is for everyone to remember your digital past can and will catch up with you.
Having read the article, I thought that there may be a case for the teacher to claim youthful innocence. But there’s some problems with that.
1. She’s 21 – just out of college. This is not a mistake she’s long since regretted, it’s something she did only a couple of years ago.
2. In the video, she actually talks about her training with the expressed intention to become a teacher. So it’s clearly not a case of someone finding out in hindsight that something they’d done was hindering a new found passion.
Seems pretty clear cut. She flouted the rules, and flagrantly so. If you want to be considered a person of good character, there’s a list of things you should try and avoid, and posing for playboy is certainly one of them. There’s no way any school with this woman as a teacher can teach boys that porn is wrong. And any school that doesn’t consider porn to be wrong isn’t one anyone should be sending their kids to.
Also, what’s with the “your digital past” thing? Playboy has existed long before the digital era. This is straight out ordinary “you did something wrong” stuff.
Sadly, I have little doubt that there are enough people who aren’t worried about the pornification of society, and thus this woman will be back in the teaching profession very soon.