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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tewjeff
tewjeff

It isn't a moral or ethical question for me. It's about how much of a distraction this is going to cause EVERY student in the classroom when they find out. It's not IF they find out, it's WHEN. 

Yes, adults have sex, but most of us don't do it on camera for money. This is going to be very counter productive for students trying to learn, when all the others can't stop talking about their prostitute teacher. It seems that he is more concerned with himself, than the well being of his students, which is NOT what a good teacher does.

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.

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.

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

NB
NB

 Agreed, Shawn Loftus has no business in the classroom.

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.

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