Teacher Stacie Halas was fired Wednesday for appearing in a pornographic movie.
A Southern California middle school teacher was fired Wednesday for appearing in a pornographic movie, school district officials said.
Stacie Halas, 31, a science teacher at Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School, had been on paid administrative leave while the Oxnard Unified School District investigated the allegations after they surfaced last month. Oxnard is approximately 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
The investigation started when students approached school administrators and said they had seen a female teacher in a pornographic movie, the Los Angeles Times reported. Officials initially couldn’t confirm whether it was Halas — performing under the name Tiffany — because filters on the school’s computers blocked access to explicit websites. The probe was restarted after teachers came forward with cell phone images appearing to verify Halas’ participation.
According to the Associated Press, no students appeared in the video, which was apparently produced before she became a teacher in Oxnard in 2009.
School district trustees voted unanimously to dismiss Halas, the board president said.
Superintendent Jeff Chancer told KTLA-TV there was no realistic way Halas could return to the classroom.
“If she were to return to our school district, it would be a disruption to the education and the children’s learning in our schools,” Chancer said.
According to the AP, the district sent a letter to parents asking that their children not search for the Halas’ image on online sex sites.
“I saw parts of the video,” Chancer said last month. “It’s hardcore pornography.”
Halas has 30 days to appeal her firing.