Miami-Dade teacher Shawn Loftis fired over gay porn career

CNN doesn't have a problem with Shawn Loftis's big, gay porn career. Should Miami-Dade County Public Schools?

Using the nom de porn Collin O'Neal, he won awards for virtuoso performances in hard-core films such as Mo' Bubble Butt, Humping Iron, and Desperate Husbands. In 2005, Miami Beach resident Loftis started Collin O'Neal Productions. His film series, "World of Men," was based on a unique concept: He'd travel to exotic — but not necessarily sexy — locales such as Lebanon and Serbia. Between scenes of Loftis cavorting with local hunks, he'd give viewers tours of famous monuments and settings, complete with historical context.

Yes, Loftis — who studied international relations with a focus on the Middle East at Florida International University and earned a master's in public administration from the University of Miami — has never been just about the porn. He has achieved some national notoriety, in fact, for his dedicated "citizen reporting" on CNN's website. The news giant has featured his videos and, he says, is well aware of his day job: "They don't mind at all."

But in spring 2010, Loftis decided to dump porn to pursue his real passion: teaching. That March, he sold "World of Men" to a Canadian company, he says. And in April, he began substitute teaching in local public schools. He worked at Miami Beach High — where "they just loved me to death," he says — Nautilus Middle, Edison Middle, and Fienberg-Fisher K-8.

This past January, Loftis was informed he had been suspended. Another employee had told Nautilus principal Allyn Bernstein, she wrote, that Loftis "had his own personal gay website." When administrators Googled his "industry name," they found "sexually explicit pictures" of — if our own search is any indication — the math sub engaging in nude acrobatics with buff, furry men.

The school district cited Rule 6Gx13-4A-1.21, which demands — mighty subjectively — that school faculty "conduct themselves, both in their employment and in the community, in a manner that will reflect credit upon themselves and the school system." In April, despite his protests that smut was in his past, the Florida Department of Education revoked Loftis's teaching certification.

He points out that his porn career was perfectly legal. He suspects he would have been treated differently if he had appeared in straight films. "She exposed herself as a big old homophobe," Loftis says of Bernstein, who didn't respond to requests for comment for this story.

Loftis went to the American Civil Liberties Union with his complaint, but a representative there reluctantly turned him down, writing, "Your case would be stronger if your job did not involve supervising children."

So our hero has returned to the world he once left. Last week he was in Cuba, filming a sex scene involving twin brothers. He bragged on Twitter: "They actually like touching and having sex with each other :)"

 
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Peter
Peter

You did gay porn and now whine about how someone's 'homophobia' is disrupting your teaching career? Dude, are you serious? If you choose to be a pornstar, hooker, stripper, escort, etc that is your choice BUT realize that choice may have other consequences in other parts of your life. I don't care if you did gay porn or a woman and did straight porn...I don't think you're a good example for kids in schools, especially with all the problems you here about problems with teachers.

And before anyone gets their nose outta joint, I'm gay. I'm not dumb enough to post naked pics of myself online let alone do gay porn. Have some self-respect and quit whining about how the world is holding you down for YOUR bad decisions. As for CNN not having a 'problem' with his other career, well in this day and age of biased news and networks and reporters demonstrating their political stance on issues instead of reporting and true and balance report, well not surprised and even lessens my opinion more on them as a place for news.

Tai-Li Frazer
Tai-Li Frazer

Seriously, I know we're not supposed to judge other people's past, but i am going to without apologies. When it comes to providing a safe, nurturing, and moral classroom environment for our children, I do judge the person who wants to stand in front of the classroom to shape and influence our children. It's one thing if he had been a gay porn star 10 years ago and has since renounced that type of life style, but come on, he was in the business within the last year. Really, he wants to use his life lessons to teach young impressionable students? And what would those lessons be? He can't expect respect from both worlds, which are polar opposites. I predict he will sue the schoolboard for discrimination and the schoolboard will wastes millions of tax payers' money to defend itself. Not fucking cool.

zz greg
zz greg

Math sub? Subs typically don't have a specialty although they might be asked to list preferences on the application as a formality. You can be called for any subject. Virtually every assignment (7th to 12th) involves maintaining control since the regular teacher generally leaves busy work.

I'd like to know how many teachers specifically requested him, which would serve as one indicator of his competency. I'm wondering if he listed his previous employment as adult film star and if they bothered to call references or very employment. Failing to include or mention his other career on the application might be grounds for dismissal, although it shouldn't automatically exclude him.

snooki herps skankola
snooki herps skankola

Sorry dude. Your typical of the losers who do porn. Pathetic, trailer trash screaming for attention. I wouldn't want you teaching my child.

J.R.
J.R.

Terminate employment. Perverts should not be around children. Disgusting.

Isis
Isis

As Collin O'Neal, Loftis represented no one but himself, and what any person does on his own, is his own business. That's why people love being their own boss. That will never be the case as someone else's employee -- he represents them by extension. As a teacher, he is dealing with children and it is impossible in any society, American or otherwise, for a man who has no problems witnessing twin brothers engaging in incest (as his smiley disgustingly reflects), to be a teacher of the young. His moral compass is off kilter. There are many gay people who are reading this, that are put off by his behaviour, so his usage of homophobia as an excuse is cynical.

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CNN doesn't have a problem with Shawn Loftis's big, gay porn career. Should Miami-Dade County Public Schools? Using the nom de porn Collin O'Neal, ...

yokolee
yokolee

This man is a predatorkeep him away from schoolshame, shame pervert!

Maxima Oliveira
Maxima Oliveira

This is sick! This is the America that we know. Low in morals, and we think that we are on the top of the world.

Caliguy
Caliguy

Honestly, I can see where this might be a problem. If teaching was a his dream job, why go into porn first? maybe he should have gone into teaching first then porn later?

Mychaeltodd Robinson
Mychaeltodd Robinson

Uptight USA- the land of the so called saved, but a parent can walk scott free for a child dying- child endangerment wasn't even on the table.

IconoclasticFlow
IconoclasticFlow

Lord Almighty, we're an uptight, clenching bunch here in the U.S., aren't we?

Of course, if he were a conservative, he'd have kept his gay porn past a secret...and that usually works out well, doesn't it?

Dan
Dan

Jesus is the answer. He is the ONLY way to the Father in Heaven. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, repent, obey and be saved!

Guest
Guest

He should have known better. Any gay porn actor knows there are 2 career choices when you decide to retire. 1. You produce/direct said films or 2. You become a personal trainer.

Middle Island Cebu
Middle Island Cebu

I'm so sorry for him. I'm gay, a lecturer of advertising at a top university here in the Philippines and, honestly, porn is not something foreign to me. But yes I have to agree that there is just so much responsibility in the dignity attached to the teaching career that a teaching professional's past is always a subject to scrutiny. I feel for Loftis because I believe he has been sincere with teaching having to even earn a master's degree in between making porn. But he just didn't seem to have realized the repercussions of making porn to his ultimate dream job. Poor guy...

Jose C
Jose C

I am gay and - yes - I have seen his porn (like who hasn't seen a porn before) and I agree with poster, Scott. Its a conflict of interest period - porn and teaching children are like oil and water, they don't mix AND it doesn't matter if you were a straight or gay porn star. Public perception of porn stars is very poor anyways and when they cross over to "reality" - as your kid's teacher - it will be a match made in hell. Based on his credentials he is a smart man but he IS a very well known gay porn star/director and can easily be searched on Google. Like most porn stars, their past always catches up with them. I wish him the best.

scott
scott

It isn't about being gay or straight, and it's not about morals either. It's about a conflict of interests. I feel he didn't show concern that maybe the students he teaches could have accidentally found this and it would be awful. In this bad economy, people are looking for all kinds of ways to make money and some people 'bend' the rules and don't care much about ethics or how others will be affected. That's sad.

ooooo
ooooo

I am very liberal but uhhhh i dont want a porn actor instructing my children, Porn star= money for sexProstitute= money for sexDo you want a prostitute teaching your children?Apparently his education did'nt do much for him.

Robb714
Robb714

Well good for them/him, I just wanna see a follow up on the Cuban twins, are they cute cubans? Oh and school teachers shouldn't do porn, drugs, diddle, have sexual realtions with their students. Common Sense 101 pg. 289

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

It's a good thing this guy took his complaints to the ACLU. If it were me, I would file for discrimination of MDCPS.

Norman Dostal
Norman Dostal

so to those who are potesting the Florida teacher fired for being anti-gay-here it is in reverse-woudl it be OK for this guy to teach your kids? If you are against the teacher being fired for hating gays then you also believe this teacher should be reinstated..

Me
Me

Being a porn actor and having a porn business is not illegal, but it certainly sounds to me like it could be in direct conflict with being a public school teacher. And sexual orientation has NOTHING to do with that.

I wouldn't want my kids to be able to Google their teacher and find naked pictures of him or her, let alone engaging in sexual activity. People seem to think that the Internet should offer some expectation of privacy, which it does NOT. This is what a lot of people can't seem to understand, that there is no expectation of privacy on the Internet. Just because something you do is LEGAL does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to see or know.

The article states:

"The school district cited Rule 6Gx13-4A-1.21, which demands — mighty subjectively — that school faculty "conduct themselves, both in their employment and in the community, in a manner that will reflect credit upon themselves and the school system." In April, despite his protests that smut was in his past, the Florida Department of Education revoked Loftis's teaching certification."

"...despite his protests that smut was in his past"; April 2010. Really? Like, last year.

And "mightly subjectively"? Well, I have a solution to determine if this application of the rule is "mighty subjective"; let's ask 1000 (tax paying) parents of school age children how they would feel about one of their child's teachers being a porn star (ok, out of action for a year, his "past", remember?) and having his or her entire career graphically posted all over the web. I don't think that we would find a very favorable overall opinion of porn star teachers.

"...in a manner that will reflect credit upon themselves...". Does Mr. Loftis think that his past career reflects credit to the one he would like to pursue? I don't think he put his last employer on his teacher employment application.

Sorry if I may sound conservative to some, but teachers in particular are held to a higher standard than many other professions. In this case, Mr. Loftis has been dismissed due to the school district and even the ACLU doesn't want to touch it. I'm sure with Mr. Loftis's qualifications he can find work in other professions.

Missy Miss
Missy Miss

An excellent example of the stinking rotten pro-homosexual agenda that infests the public education system. An artist? Really. I wouldn't want him starring in a film with one of my kids.

Diploid
Diploid

How depressing that in the land of the (supposed) free, you can be fired from your government job for 100% LEGAL private behavior.

Perhaps tattoos will be next. And the eating of brussel sprouts. And being Jewish too.

America is doomed.

musichandra
musichandra

oh yeah, having sex is so not normal. how did you make your children *hore? were you thinking about Jesus?

yokolee
yokolee

He took teachinglooking for boys

Guest
Guest

that's a very narrow minded view because you don't know the circumstances around his financial situation at the time he made the decision...

My own mother held active teaching credentials and maintained full classes in the state we lived in before CA. After we moved She was only allowed to instruct as a Substitute until she could get licensed in CA. When you consider she had a child to support and financial obligations of the family (fathers occupation kept him away) she ended up having to take an Admin Assistant position for a carpet store paying $2/hour. she was only able to take classes at night. - We moved when i was 2 she obtained her CA teaching credentials when 10

Now I don't know his financial Situation but do you think he could survive 8 years without and income?

So my guess would be he could not go "into teaching first"...

But i do have to agree with you "i too can see how this might be a problem" for people who are short sighted.

Anon
Anon

Dan, Really? Are you kidding me?Jesus may be the only way to the father in Heaven..

But i don't see him standing here now producing bread and fish to feed this boy as he tries to survive the fire and brimstone dealt to him in this existence...

get a grip on reality...

In some cases surrounding the way some children are brought into this world and raised without love or care - the best you could possibly ask for is "do no harm" ...

look back a re-asses your own life "seeing it for gift it was" and realize this one may not have had all the advantages yours did...

and i have to say "the way you sling that un-anointed blade does not give me the impression that you will be seeing the father in heaven either"

anon
anon

you might be correct....but "should you be correct"....

if he really worked "that hard (i'm talking about his masters)", he would obviously make a knowledgeable teacher...

It could not have been an easy decision to make to do the porn thing because it does have ramifications on how you see sex in your relationships....

so could you say that he pursued his love of teaching through great hardship and at great personal cost....

Having given up that much a think "any child would have been safe with him"..Would you not agree?

Ifctv1
Ifctv1

You do sound conservative right to you... My son is in 8 grade personally don't care what he did. Sorry if that makes me sound liberal

WendyBronzer
WendyBronzer

Really? Cause I'd have no problem starring in his films. He's pretty hot.

OliverNC
OliverNC

Private????? There is nothing "private" in being a school teacher...and what being Jewish has to do with it????

yokolee
yokolee

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nomulous
nomulous

I wish that we lived in a world where people could just accept sex for what it is. Sex isn't something to be ashamed of or hide from people. Sex is wonderful and beautiful. His previous career doesn't in any way affect his ability to teach, so there is NO fucking reason he should be fired for it.

yokolee
yokolee

Fish and bread will make you hungry again

With Jesus you will never feel hungry againbelive it!

justkillme
justkillme

Good for you! I never walked into the classroom as Collin O'Neal or Mr. O'Neal. I never said, "good morning kids, my name is Shawn Loftis," I said "good morning students, my name is Mr. Loftis and I am your sub today. Some of you will like me and some will not." Now, google Mr. Loftis and see what you find.

More parents should care more about how effective their teachers communicate with their children. How they help them learn better. How they keep them involved in the learning process. Parents should care less about a person's LEGAL past.

Last, I hate to say it, if the more adult High School age children, brought my past into class I would bet they would pay more attention to me than just a frumpy teacher bored with his or her job. Also, are people so crazy to think Middle And High School students don't have sex on their mind? It's better to deal with sexual issues than brush them under the rug. I personally sent so many students out of my class, nearly on a daily basis, for saying faggot to each other or to other teachers!

Diploid
Diploid

Of course it's private behavior. When I go out to eat in public, I'm on my own private time doing private business that is legal. I should not be fired because someone doesn't like the food I'm eating.

The only valid reason for firing a teacher for what they do on their own time is if they broke the law. The school should have no claim whatever on what someone does when they not working.

This is basic freedom: the ability to do anything you want so long as it's legal. Something this country is rapidly loosing, to all our detriment.

yokolee
yokolee

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