Teacher Writes About Hooker Past ... Without Pseudonym
But it took parents a surprisingly long time to catch on
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2010 3:51 PM CDT
Writing about your past as a prostitute? If you're currently a schoolteacher, it might be a good idea to use a pseudonym.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Friends and co-workers warned schoolteacher Melissa Petro that it might not be such a great idea to write about her past as a prostitute, but she did it anyway. Most recently, Melissa Petro wrote about her thoughts on the shutdown of Craigslist's "erotic services" section, which she used for four months, for the Huffington Post. Cue the New York Post's predictably juicy-sounding "exclusive" ("SEXXX ED"), in which outraged parents express their belief that, as one says, "People like that should not be allowed to be anywhere near children."

The really odd thing, as New York magazine and Jezebel note, is that Petro has actually been quite open about her past for a while now, penning at least three essays about it in the past few years and even appearing in a video to talk about it. Really, none of her students “Googled their teacher to read about her sexploits” before this? wonders Chris Rovzar. Knowing kids these days, “they did Google her, and they all know about it, and they were just being chill.” Petro has been reassigned pending an investigation.