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Bronx teacher admits: I'm an ex-hooker (Huffington Post blogger Melissa Petro)
NY Post ^ | 9/27/10 | KEVIN FASICK and YOAV GONEN

Posted on 09/27/2010 5:33:29 AM PDT by Libloather

Bronx teacher admits: I'm an ex-hooker
By KEVIN FASICK and YOAV GONEN
Last Updated: 6:48 AM, September 27, 2010

Meet Melissa Petro -- the teacher who gives a new twist to "sex ed."

The tattooed former hooker and stripper has been teaching art in a Bronx elementary school for three years, The Post has learned.

Calling herself a "for mer sex worker," the well-liked teacher has been shockingly up front about her past -- posting online accounts of her sexcapades in Mexico and Lon don.

But in her boldest move, the 30-year-old posted an essay this month claiming she also had been a prostitute.

"From October 2006 to January 2007, I accepted money in exchange for sexual services I provided to men I met online in what was then called the 'erotic services' section of Craigslist.org," wrote Petro on The Huffington Post, using her real name and picture.

The attached bio identifies Petro, who has an MFA in creative nonfiction from The New School, as a "former sex worker, researcher, writer, educator, and feminist."

It appears she managed to keep her shenanigans a secret from parents at PS 70 -- who were stunned by the revelation.

"I don't want nobody that used to do that to be around my kid," said Grace Ventura, whose son is in third grade. "People like that should not be allowed to be anywhere near children."

Yocelyn Quezada said perhaps Petro had managed to turn her life around, but she still fumed that a former money honey was teaching two of her three kids.

"She's not a good role model. I do not want my daughters to find out about this," Quezada said, "and I do not want my daughters to be around that kind of person."

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: academicbias; bronx; cultureofcorruption; hooker; huffingtonpost; naughtyteacherslist; petro; sexworker; teacher
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Thoughts From a Former Craigslist Sex Worker

"She's not a good role model. I do not want my daughters to find out about this,"

Who knows, maybe she can teach your daughters how to go forth and sin no more.

(NOT GUILTY, btw...)

1 posted on 09/27/2010 5:33:37 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

If she has reformed and is sincere she could be a very good
role model, and it’s good to have a teacher who has actually
held down a real job for once.


2 posted on 09/27/2010 5:36:38 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: Libloather

She would have been much smarter to keep her past life private

If she turned her life around then OK, but boasting about it is just looking for trouble

(or a payday from the lawyers -maybe she is NOT an ‘ex’ whore after all)


3 posted on 09/27/2010 5:38:17 AM PDT by Mr. K (GO! PALADINO FOR GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK!)
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(NOT GUILTY, btw...)

Maybe for those not worried about diseases

4 posted on 09/27/2010 5:38:58 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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"I don't want nobody that used to do that to be around my kid," said Grace Ventura

Indeed. We should make sure that your child is exposed only to adults of the very highest quality.

5 posted on 09/27/2010 5:39:04 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Things will change after the revolution, but not before.)
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...frankly, I don't mind if she teaches the 3rd grader ... however, I DON'T want her teaching my 16 year son in high school ...

(BTW; ditto ...not guilty)

6 posted on 09/27/2010 5:40:31 AM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down their level, then beat you with experience.)
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Sex worker - What else can someone with an MFA in creative non-fiction do??

(Sorry to those of you holding an MFA, but it is one of the more useless degrees, only 1% of grads have a job in that field)


7 posted on 09/27/2010 5:41:58 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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$61,000 a year for an art teacher???

The Bronx is not nearly as expensive as Manhattan.


8 posted on 09/27/2010 5:42:56 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: from occupied ga

She is not guilty. I am not at all worried about diseases for the obvious reasons.


9 posted on 09/27/2010 5:43:38 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Libloather

....if they screened others, a hooker, would be mild considering what else is working as educators.....


10 posted on 09/27/2010 5:44:29 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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someone should check if the Pimps union has made a big donation to congress. Pimps are the real beneficiaries of the changes to Craigslist, which had allowed hookers and johns to cut out that middleman.


11 posted on 09/27/2010 5:45:15 AM PDT by babble-on
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“Creative nonfiction”? Would that be “lies”?


12 posted on 09/27/2010 5:46:24 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle, Luna Lovegood. Get it?)
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To: from occupied ga
Maybe for those not worried about diseases

And federal regulations will prohibit the school from knowing about her HIV status.

13 posted on 09/27/2010 5:47:20 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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Eh, I don’t know if I’d PAY for it, she’s not a monster though.


14 posted on 09/27/2010 5:47:41 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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has an MFA in creative nonfiction

Excellent qualifications for HuffPo or anywhere else in MSM. But she needs the doctorate to replace Gibbs.

15 posted on 09/27/2010 5:50:17 AM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Tear down that BARACK-ade!)
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To: from occupied ga

Only a teeny bit Guilty.


16 posted on 09/27/2010 5:51:57 AM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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and those are 4th graders.

blech


17 posted on 09/27/2010 5:55:31 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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"From October 2006 to January 2007, I accepted money in exchange for sexual services I provided to men I met online in what was then called the 'erotic services' section of Craigslist.org," wrote Petro on The Huffington Post, using her real name and picture.

Interesting on many levels.

18 posted on 09/27/2010 5:55:36 AM PDT by PGalt
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"From October 2006 to January 2007, I accepted money in exchange for sexual services I provided to men I met online in what was then called the 'erotic services' section of Craigslist.org," wrote Petro on The Huffington Post, using her real name and picture.

While I'm all for "second chances," and have known a number of former drug users and prostitutes that have turned their lives around, the above shows some very poor judgment. The only reason I can see for writing and posting something like that would be if she was being blackmailed, or someone was threatening to go public with the information against her, in order to diffuse the situation, somewhat.

"I don't want nobody that used to do that to be around my kid," said Grace Ventura, whose son is in third grade. "People like that should not be allowed to be anywhere near children."

I have mixed feelings about this statement, but a parent has the right to decide who should and shouldn't be allowed around his or her children. Again, as I mentioned above, she appears to have pretty poor judgment, and from that, more than her past, I'd be hesitant to entrust my children with her.

Mark

19 posted on 09/27/2010 5:57:33 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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She has been reassigned.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/27/nyregion/27teacher.html


20 posted on 09/27/2010 5:57:59 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
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