PORN IS TOO FAR OUTSIDE THE LINES

Stacie Halas is a teacher.  She also acted in some adult movies.  Her students and coworkers found the movies online.  Outrage ensued. Jeff Chancer, school superintendent in Oxnard, California, had this to say about Stacie Halas:

"Halas' decision to engage in pornography was incompatible with her responsibilities as a role model for students."

Sounds pretty clear cut, right?  The only problem is that said material is 8 years old. And Halas has admitted that it was a mistake, and says she wishes she hadn't done it.

For all you collegiate types, do you ever wonder if those Facebook kegstands will come back to haunt you?  They are, after all, incompatible with being a role model for students.  What about the profanity-laced Twitter rants from 2007?  Or the scandalous pics you gave your boyfriend in 1997?

What about the POTSC post you wrote 3 years ago about cheating on your wife -- the one with your name all over it?   Does that make you incompatible with being a role model?

Situations like this are hard.  They represent extreme cases, but they establish precedent for all the more mundane ones.  If every Tweet ... or Blog post ... or tee shirt ... or voicemail ... or freaking AIM Status that we've ever represented ourselves with is fair game for judging our "compatibility" with a particular system at any time in the future, we're all kind of screwed, aren't we?

Where do we draw the line on what we should expect grace to cover?  Sexy things?  Boozy things?  Nasty things?  When has someone strayed too far outside the lines to be let back in?  Or if they can only be let back in to certain places, how do we decide what those places are?

These are hard questions, but ones that could benefit from some discussion.  Share your thoughts below!

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