Shawn Loftis, Globe-Trotting Gay Porn Star, Rehired As Miami-Dade Public School Teacher

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Shawn Loftis, aka Collin O'Neal
​Shawn Loftis was a popular sub at Miami Beach High and a handful of other Miami-Dade schools until he was abruptly canned in January 2011. His crime? A past life as a gay porn performer under the screen name Collin O'Neal, including his own erotic series -- "World of Men" -- featuring Loftis cavorting with hunks around the globe. Loftis challenged the termination, and surprisingly, the Florida Department of Education has agreed to let him return to teaching.

"I'm proud of my state. I was really shocked that the state of Florida was going to do this. I'm happy," Loftis says.

By the time Loftis decided to pursue his long-time dream of becoming a teacher, he was famous to web viewers for two different reasons.

First, under his porn name, Loftis was the star of such classics as Mo' Bubble Butt and Pumping Iron, plus his more innovative travel porn that featured him filming sex scenes in locales as far flung as Lebanon and Cuba.

But Loftis -- who has an international relations degree from FIU and a master's in public administration from UM -- also made his name on CNN, where his self-produced iReporter pieces earned tens of thousands of viewers.

When he quit both jobs in spring 2010 to take sub jobs at Miami-Dade schools, he was chasing a lifelong dream to teach, he says. But someone ratted on his past career to Nautilus Middle principal Allyn Bernstein, who canned Loftis under the school system's ambiguous "good conduct" clause.

Loftis went back to his globe-circling porn ways while his challenge worked its way through the school system (and earned a starring role in Miami New Times' Sex Issue last year to boot).

He plead his case to the Florida Education Practices Committee in Orlando, and on Friday they ruled in his favor.

"I can use my experiences in life to teach kids," he tells our sister paper L.A. Weekly. "The key point is that they said when you go back to the classroom and a student brings this up to you, you will be able to handle that. I thought that was highly progressive of them."

Loftis plans to again quit porn and return to the classroom, and after two years on probation, he can apply for a full-time teaching gig.

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sammy94210
sammy94210

I can`t believe the comments on here. A majority glorifying this porn peddler, prostitute, obscene piece of garbage. A teacher should have good character, be a role model. If just one of his students finds out, which because of the news, I`m sure all know by now that he did gay porn, he is just a DISTRACTION. I cannot believe the Miami Dade school system allowed him back to teach. If my kid was going to that school , I would be livid if he had this porn peddler as a teacher. What is wrong with you idiots ???If being in the porn business is such a respectable, legitimate job like a lot of you on here think, then why do they use FAKE names ??? The moral fiber of this country is in shreds. Sorry, but I don`t respect or like Shawn Loftis.

Happiness33415
Happiness33415

It's sad so many look at ones past and scare them. He not a rapist, murderer, or theif. He is human like many and has made choices that others don't agree with. But he has earned his education and making a change. Many has lived as escorts or strippers to pay there way thru college. Even your kids are escorts and strippers in college and not telling parents to earn money and not telling. We ALL ARE HUMAN WE MAKE choices that later have to make us or break us. LET HIM EDUCATE THE CHILDREN THIS WILL BE A LESSON hopefully they will learn from. IT'S SAID this world always wants to label others... ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE US...

Cfromtexas4
Cfromtexas4

Shawn/Collin is and could become an even moreinfluential model for gay and straight teenagers. I'm proud of this man whodoes whatever he wants/chooses. Simple-minded conservatives hold him back but Ihope he gets the exact career he wants. I wish I had a gay role model when Iwas in school. Sexuality is not a forum for state or federal regulation. Eachchild deserves to know what is or isn't sexuality. Let's please not look to ourAmerican past of hindrance and punishment, as frequently as the 1950s and1960s. I applaud this man.

Michaeln68
Michaeln68

i guess you all have seen his porn ???   he's HOTTTTTT

Imblair3354
Imblair3354

i think its safe to say that all of the other male teachers, and many females are watching porn...so if they're watching it, it must not be quite so bad...so whats the difference if someone has actually done it. As far as teaching is concerned, no difference at all. Employment conditions are way to intrusive for this and many fields...its a job, not a reflection of someone's personal life. 

Southfljb
Southfljb

Shawn Loftus has no business in the classroom. His globe trotting life style was paid for by porn and he also has been a paid escort aka prostitute. These porn guys get treated like movie stars by the gay community getting everything handed to them because of their looks. He was just down in Cuba doing porn in the last few months so his whole story about being out of the business is a lie. I'm a gay man and I think Shawn is a black eye on all the gay teachers 99% of which have not done porn I hope he is not given any sub or perm teaching

ronjayaz
ronjayaz

I just heard the interview between Shawn Loftis and Nancy Grace, who appeared on that slutty show DANCING WITH THE STARS, which is really the soft porn that appears everywhere on TV. American hypocrisy screams out at every corner of our "critical" life analysis. It was hilarious how NG kept showing how handsome and sexy he was (oh, that I cud have looked like that at 40) & how indifferent he was toward NG's anger at "there's a porn star in our schools corrupting our kids." We need every math teacher we can get even though NG acted like there was a glut & sed so. While it's still up, go to CNN video & get a laugh at NG's leering looks at this teaching hunk!

Dan
Dan

What matters is what this guy does in the classroom and how effective he is as a teacher.  The negative comments here are mostly from homophobes who would not like any gay man to have any job whatsoever out of hate.  I did not see any evidence that this guy was not an adequate teacher.

Evancook
Evancook

As a veteran teacher of 16 years, I have to say that I'm glad he has made a positive change in his life.  I know of two teachers who quit teaching and went into prostitution and drugs.  It's nice to see someone turn his life around and move in the right direction.  Don't judge someone by where he came from, but where he's going.  Let's support him in becoming a model citizen and seeing the wholesome impact he can make make in a kids lives! 

Del
Del

i see nothing wrong with it.  One career has nothing to do with the other.  The general public would be amazed (and disgusted)  by the number of long time teachers with less than acceptable private lives.  I've seen local teachers on all sorts of adult hook up sites!   They are swingers, hookers, drug users -- everything  the sanctimonious public finds disgusting ..  yep, our kids teachers! As long as he doesn't start recruiting kids into the porn lifestyle - nothing wrong here! 

Yunchi
Yunchi

Nice guy my ass...This guy is a sexual deviant, straight up and down pervert. I wonder had this been a woman would she still be allowed to teach?

Pedro Goldstein
Pedro Goldstein

The LAST thing the Miami School district wants is a highly educated, well read and all around nice guy teaching our children. 

Yunchi
Yunchi

This guy is a straight up and down loser and his porn past is not really the past if he's in Cuba shooting more porn most recently 6 months ago. Parents should rally against this clown and get him out of the school district. He's disgusting.

Rfdl
Rfdl

Uhm, clearly he's trying to move away from that past as a porn star. So let him teach, being a pornstar doesn't mean he doesn't know shit. What's wrong with being a porn star anyway, let alone a gay one? Aren't they people too, even if they don't have the same morals as you-- that doesn't mean they're going to go off teaching your kids to be gay porn stars.

Guest
Guest

Who cares, at least he isnt getting freaking with the kids. So he screwed a couple of guys, in 6 months who is going to remember this anyway

Hayabusa
Hayabusa

The Florida Education Practices Committee needs to have a reality check. Having a gay porn star as a teacher is reprehensible!! I would never in a million years want that low-life scumbag Loftis having any contact with any of my children. He makes me sick...

Jsmith
Jsmith

WTF? Are you freaking kidding me? Good luck to those of you trying to raise kids in South FL! I wish you thee best of luck.

Unwantedmail3
Unwantedmail3

A 'Gay role model'?, gay role model! How dare you!

The idea of listing Shawn Loftis/Collin O'Neal a bare backing, porn peddler (studio owner, producer & director), porn star, and alleged escort, drug user, thief & con artist as a gay role model is obscene.

Harvey Milk, Ian McKellen, Gene Roberson these are gay role models.  There will come a time when people will not believe that there were such men.  These men fought for our rights and they succeeded.

Harvey Milk did more for gay rights than you'll ever know!  He gave his life so you could have the rights and freedom we enjoy today.  You state "I wish I had a gay role model".  You have a role model and you choose to ignore him.  Your choice of who is and who is not a role model speaks very poorly of you.

Finally "he gets the exact career he wants".  It is not about him.  It is about the students and children he would be in a position to influence.  And your right he is a 'man whodoes whatever he wants/chooses" and he has done nothing for others and more importantly he has done nothing to earn respect.

Unwantedmail3
Unwantedmail3

It matters because sex & sexuality is a large part of being human, because he had sex for money, because he took something intimate and special and cheapened it and publicly showed it to all (again for money).

Please do not be so simple to think that his porn career is a completely separate part of his life, and he’ll be a fine teacher & role model now.

It’s about more than his ability to pass on knowledge of a subject. It is about the character of the man. He would be seated in a position of authority and respect to young children.

NB
NB

 Agreed, Shawn Loftus has no business in the classroom.

Paul
Paul

Yeah, dancing on video and blowing dudes and taking it up the ass on video are basically the same thing.

ronjayaz
ronjayaz

What is this "moving in the right direction"? He's almost 40 & remarkably sexy. He's probably's got enuff money in the bank to now do what he really enjoys---teaching math!He's certainly not in it for the money. As a retired teacher, I had a ball taking unpaid sabbaticals & travelling the world. Except for the current situation which I know nothing about, teaching has always been an easy-in, easy out job if U didnt care abt money.

Nick
Nick

I'm sure he's a great teacher. I teach science in Texas and if someone smart and talented wants to lend his or her talents to the profession then I'm all for it. The students benefit enormously from having competent adults in the classroom. Who cares if the man made porn? Its a free country. If people have such a problem with it don't look at it.

Paul
Paul

It's not his personal life, dummy. Everyone pretty much has sex in the personal life. He made his public. "Commercial porn acting" is not the same as "private sexual life."

ronjayaz
ronjayaz

"As long as he doesn't start recruiting kids into the porn lifestyle - nothing wrong here! " First of all, if there's a kid in his class who thinks he's ready to try porn sometime in the future, what better person to advise him than someone who's been there, done that! Secondly, yor cited quote makes U just as sanctimoniousin a different way---I call  it "confused liberalism."

Yunchi
Yunchi

His life is not private if he's doing porn for pay, has a Facebook fan page. He never stopped doing porn, he was in Cuba 6 months ago shooting porn. He's immoral, no integrity, lacks character and I hope parents get him out of the school district.  He's still making money off of porn so he hasn't really turned anything around regarding his life.

Next allowing pedophiles to teach will be okay too.

ronjayaz
ronjayaz

Isnt this guy YUNCHI getting more voice here than anyone deserves?

Unwantedmail3
Unwantedmail3

The LAST thing the Miami School district  NEEDS is a bare backing, porn peddler (studio owner, producer & director), porn star, and alleged escort, drug user, thief & con artist as a gay role model teaching our children.

Paul
Paul

Yeah, Pedro, cause he's just a highly educated, well read, nice guy. Oh, no, he's a porn actor. Yeah, I think that's the problem.

ronjayaz
ronjayaz

Yeah, it might corrupt the whole system!

Unwantedmail3
Unwantedmail3

For the gods sake, Rfdl!

Why are you people so ready to pull every bit of sleazy in under the Gay flag with us. It is support for these kind of cases and activities that causes so much disgust & repulsion from churches, governments and the right wing against us.

It matters because sex & sexuality is a large part of being human, because he had sex for money, because he took something intimate and special and cheapened it and publicly showed it to all (again for money).

He wasn’t fired for being gay. He was fired for having a career in porn.Please do not be so simple to think that his porn career is a completely separate part of his life, and he’ll be a fine teacher & role model now.

It’s about more than his ability to pass on knowledge of a subject. It is about the character of the man. He would be seated in a position of authority and respect to young children.

It is not all about him!

333333
333333

I'm not really sure if he's truly left the porn world yet.  Look at this website: http://www.worldofmen.com/inde...At the bottom, it says, "Porn super star Collin O'Neal presents his renown World of Men website bigger and better than ever before. Collin has literally searched the globe for the hottest men and features the best in muscled jocks and beefy, masculine men - plus a few select hot, slim, defined young men. Collin has combined his love of travel with sexual desires and fantasies to bring you the around the world sexual adventures of World of Men!"  Why doens't he try to do something about this website?  Is he truly giving up his porn career?

Unwantedmail3
Unwantedmail3

Everyone on the Florida Education that sanctioned this should be fired losing any and all penions and benefits associated with it.

Letting a porn peddler be a teacher to children.In England we call this a Bennite Solution: a term that refers to a radical left-wing type of solution to a problem. Named after Tony Benn, a radical MP (Member of Parliament)

Allison Hazel
Allison Hazel

Good for them. No one -- and I mean absolutely no one -- is an angel. He did gay porn. So freaking what. Everyone has skeletons in their closet. Even teachers. Why does this have to affect his job?

Unwantedmail3
Unwantedmail3

In England it would be called a Bennite Solution: a term that refers to a radical left-wing type of solution to a problem. Named after Tony Benn, a radical MP (Member of Parliament)

ronjayaz
ronjayaz

Wow, that's real nasty. We know where yor coming (oops!) from. Tee hee.

ronjayaz
ronjayaz

Besides kids are not supposed to be able to get porn!

Brandon Berlin
Brandon Berlin

 You poor, dead, dumb meat. You're wacking yourself silly over someone who had his personal life vandalized for media blitz and rating and now waiting for pedophiles to teach...Um, well, you're a little late for that aren't you. From the way you're attacking this post I'm going to assume you're a Catholic who's in denial about the priests and their duties to god. I do of course mean the one's that raped, pillaged and ruined many a child's life...then had it covered up by their own organization. And still have it covered up by their organization whereas this person was outrighted slandered, admitted it and was trying to live his life peacefully. But, please, continue! I still have much popcorn to eat while I read your derivative platz!! 8-)

Gordon
Gordon

 my god, your repressed and prudish sentiments make me feel sorry for you.  No one's trying to tell you how to live your life.  Who the fuck are you to impose your 19th century values and pass judgement on others?

Unwantedmail3
Unwantedmail3

But they supposed to have access to the news and more importantly the truth about a man in an influential position in their school.

Shawn Loftis/Collin O'Neal a bare backing, porn peddler (studio owner, producer & director), porn star, and alleged escort, drug user, thief & con artist.  He has no place educating children.  I wouldn't let him within a mile of any (future) child of mine.

Unwantedmail3
Unwantedmail3

You people are beyond naive.

Shawn Loftis/Collin O'Neal a bare backing, porn peddler (studio owner, producer & director), porn star, and alleged escort, drug user, thief & con artist.  He has no place educating children.

It matters because teachers of children do more than instruct. They are seated in positions of trust, respect and authority. Many of them interact and provide support and counsel to children. Set aside, advice being given with a view of the world where sex is cheap, free love, sleeping around, having risky sex. Having someone seated in a position that demands respect with this under their belt, Please!“It doesn’t matter he was a porn actor my son, he’s your teacher show him some respect”Respect is earned, not given!

As for hasn’t ‘done anything illegal’. True, It is also true that only possession of drugs, not taking drugs is illegal. I wouldn’t want a drug user (from hash to cocaine to heroin) or anyone advocating drugs anymore than I would want Shawn Loftis/Collin O’Neal to teach a child of mind.

And Brandon Berlin , so make no assumptions about me!  I am an out and proud irrepressible gay man.

Yunchi
Yunchi

Dumb ass he wrecked his own personal life by admitting not only did he post old porn pictures of himself something he said himself he shouldn't have done, he also continued with his Fan Page on Facebook and he was in Cuba not even 6 months ago DOING more porn. Shawn says he was in the midst of selling his business when in reality he never left the porn industry.

I have no religious affiliation, he SLANDERED HIMSELF, a student found his Fan page, somehow the kid was friended on FB and it was passed along to the Principal. Shawn admitted had he took down the photo's this would have probably not escalated and he blamed himself for that. He has not distanced himself from the porn industry. I believe politics has a lot to do with why he's been granted to teach.

I hope parents force this immoral assclown out of their school district.

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