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High School Teacher Upset Over Teen Porn Star Writes To SeanCody, Gets Response

In February, news broke of a Florida high school student, “Noel,” who was suspended when it was learned that he appeared in a scene with the popular gay adult company, SeanCody.com. After threats of lawsuits, the suspension was lifted and Noel returned to school despite harassment from fellow students. 

Soon after the story appeared, Queerty received the following “open letter to the porn industry” from a gay high school teacher who requested anonymity to protect his job. The teacher wrote he was concerned that adult companies would employ models who, while above the age of consent, were still in high school and perhaps not prepared for the consequences of being filmed having sex.

We’re posting the letter here along with the responses the teacher received when he emailed several porn companies with an earlier version.

Queerty posted about a SeanCody bareback performer named “Noel” and how his high school kicked when it learned about his film. I think this event should give us, the gay community (and all though gay4pay attachments), some pause. Everyone is an uproar about how wrong the school was, but few questioned whether Sean Cody did anything wrong. In fact, the company probably profited from the controversy significantly.

Did anyone question the porn industry’s standards? Yes, the young man was above the age of consent, but how close to child porn do we have to come before we set some boundaries?

I am big porn fan. I am also a high school teacher. If this situation would have arisen at my school, it would have put me as a gay man in a very delicate position. We teachers are under tremendous scrutiny these days.

You may see “Noel” as an adult, but those of us in the education community and most parents see all students in high school as kids until they graduate, regardless if they are 18 or not. Otherwise, the privileges they gain when becoming legal can be counterproductive to keeping them in school and on track to graduating.

Let’s not forget either what it look like to the non-gay community and to parents. See we told you. Those gays just want to recruit our kids. It’s bad enough that we appear to be constantly trying to convert straight men, but now we are going afterhigh school kids?

I would even accept shooting the scenes while in high school, but the releasing of them should have been held until he was graduated and all college admissions offerings were secure. We must be the adults. High school students think they are invincible and are sometimes blind to the consequences of their behavior.

Sean Cody should have assumed that Noel’s secret was going to come out inevitably and that he would suffer abuse from fellow students, at the very least. The situation could have been even worse for him.

It’s time that the gay porn industry takes a stand on something other than fighting over condoms, as important a cause as that is. There needs to be a promise to all of us educators and parents, that you will keep porn out of high school.

Sincerely,
Gay Teacher
Below is the response “Gay Teacher” received when he emailed his concerns SeanCody. In fact, SeanCody soon thereafter posted a second bareback scene featuring the same Noel. The adult film companies Hot House, Factory and Randy Blue responded that they did not employ high school students.
—–Original Message—–
From: Support <[email protected]>Sent: Tue, Feb 4, 2014 10:18 am
Subject: Re: An open letter to the Gay Porn Industry