Melissa Petro is once again in the news as the New York City education department attempts to fire her. As I have previously written here and here, Ms Petro had the unmitigated gall to truthfully discuss her past experiences as a prostitute and stripper before she started teaching.
Petro, 30, is being charged with “conduct unbecoming a teacher,” according to a Department of Education spokeswoman, who would not elaborate on the details.
The PS 70 teacher was suspended in September after The Post revealed she’d been boasting of being a former Craigslist call girl in blog postings bearing her real name and photo.
If you recall, Craigslist came under attack by anti-prostitution activists and several state attorneys general who claimed that they were aiding in the victimization of women and children by continuing to operate an adult services section. Melissa Petro claimed to have posted there by choice, thereby, undercutting the universal doctrine of anti-prostitution crusaders that all prostitution is coerced.
It’s noteworthy that no one in the crusade to save women from Craigslist has come out in support of the onetime Craigslist hooker. My guess is that, had she jumped on the bandwagon with those condemning Craigslist, she would not be the target of this current white collar lynching. As it is, they are apparently perfectly willing to see her victimized by the state.
Especially interesting is the fact that Melissa Petro’s case is being handled so expeditiously in a school system where it is nearly impossible to fire a teacher. Indeed, bad teachers are reassigned to NYC’s nortorious “rubber rooms” where they can remain on the payroll for years while the city goes through the complicated termination process.
Of all the creepy teachers New York has deemed unfit, they have chosen to focus on a woman who’s only mistake was honestly exercising her First Amendment rights. I mean, it’s not like she smoked dope and then wanted to be President or something…