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Porn actor/sex-ed teacher allowed to keep teaching Add to ...

Johnny Anglais is a stripper (he wears a Mountie costume in one act), porn actor and naked butler, providing as his website (which is cheesy but not explicit) explains, “a touch of class and a ‘pinch of cheek’ for your special occasion” (or, if you’d rather, a quiet night of nude vacuuming).

He’s also Benedict Garrett, a British high-school sex-ed teacher.

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Or at least, he was, until his students found a trailer for one of his pornos online, and some parents objected to his alternate identity.

Mr. Garrett fought his suspension, arguing moral hypocrisy: Why is it okay for a teacher to smoke and drink and even “overeat” but not earn a second salary in a legitimate – and legal – activity?Defending his position in the Guardian, he wrote, “There’s nothing essentially wrong with legal, consenting adults watching other, legal, consenting adults having sex.”

He lost his argument, sort of. A disciplinary board, the General Teaching Council, decided that being a lap-dancing stripper outside school hours – and advertising online for your students to see – was probably not the best side job for a teacher, and found him guilty of professional misconduct.

Mr. Garrett is, however, free to teach again, so long as Johnny Anglais takes a hiatus.

Not so open-minded were Quebec education officials this spring when they fired a school secretary after discovering she was also moonlighting as an X-rated actress. (A student recognized her in a movie and asked for an autograph.) The woman lost her job, she said, despite agreeing to give up her pornography career.


Would you be comfortable with Mr. Garrett in the classroom, even if he gave up his alter ego? Where do we draw the line on a teacher’s private life?
 

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