Let me say this: I grew up in a household in where we were strongly discouraged in getting jobs in high school and to a certain extent college. I remember arguing and begging my mother in letting me join Gallery 37, a kind of artist apprenticeship that you were compensated for. I did it for a week or two before my mom and dad forced me to quit. Eventually they met me halfway and let me get a summer job. In the same vein, they didn't take my money that I earned and I wasn't expected to contribute to bills. Where my parents are from and in their mindset, having children working is a sign that as a parent you aren't doing your job in supporting your children. Basically in their mind, that is a sign that they are failures as a parent. So it kind of seems weird to me to have children (17 and younger) help with family bills but when said child is around college aged, that's where my stance gets a bit murky. I am uneasy on how this young man in the article chose to make his money, I feel that he would make just as much money waiting tables or deliverying pizza. Granted I am ignorant on how the economy is doing in Cocoa
, "I mean really Florida, really?" Florida but sh*t can't be that bad...can it? Comments?
Mother supports son, 18, who was kicked out of high school for starring in gay PICS to pay the family bills
Marucci was suspended from Cocoa High School in Florida after
schoolmates found his explicit videos and began sharing them at school
- Marucci and his mother insist his work is legal and outside school so should not affect his classes
school said he was a 'major disruption' - but they have now allowed him
back into the classroom following outrage over his suspension
Daily Mail Reporter
12:20 EST, 21 January 2014
16:59 EST, 21 January 2014
The mother of a student who was kicked
out of high school after starring in gay PICS to help pay his family's
bills said she couldn't be prouder.
Lieb, from Cocoa, Florida, said she vehemently supports her son,
18-year-old Robert Marucci, who was suspended from his high school after
classmates discovered his explicit career.
'I think he's the most awesome person in the world,' she told WKMG through tears. 'He stood up and he was the man of the house when I couldn't be.'
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Support: Melyssa Lieb says she is proud of her son for trying to earn cash for the family
Back to class: Robert Marucci has been allowed to return to Cocoa High School
Following outrage over his
suspension, the school district has now ruled that the decision was
wrong and Marucci is allowed back to school on Wednesday.
child would ever be suspended for a job that they have outside of the
school environment,' said Michelle Irwin, a spokesperson for the
Even after his
suspension, Marucci remained unapologetic for the work he considers no
different any other job. He pointed out that it is legal and doesn't
believe a school can tell him where he can work.
debacle began two weeks ago when fellow students at Cocoa High School
discovered his videos on an adult website and started showing each other
the explicit images on their phones.
Exposed: Robert's role in adult films came to light when other students spotted him in PICS movies
The website shows Marucci, who goes by
the name of 'Noel', posing naked and having sex with other men, as well
as featuring in an introductory video about his love of surfing.
Despite his pride in his work, when the photos emerged at school, he was targeted by bullies, WKMG reported.
School administrators called him a 'major disruption', according to the referral slip.
A friend posted on Reddit that
Marucci was suspended for 10 days, which meant that he would not be
unable to graduate because of an automatic 'failure from absences'.
feel like I have been treated unfairly and this is unjust,' Marucci
said. 'This was completely legal. I didn't break any laws, and this took
place out of the school.'
Kicked out: On his referral note, school administrators called Marucci a 'major disruption'
Decisions: Cocoa High School has reversed its suspension of Robert
Backing: A protest by fellow students was held after Robert was suspended from class
Administrators also wrote that he threatened to bring weapons to the school, but he denies this.
his mother said these threats were not the real reason he was kicked
out, as Lieb claimed the principal, Dr. Stephanie Soliven, told her: 'He
was expelled due to his explicit lifestyle career.'
mother added: 'I think that it is [her] morals and her personal beliefs
and I don't think that this is anybody's business except for my son.
The children at the school found it [the PICS] and she didn't do
anything to stop it.'
But Marucci's mother wasn't the only one who supported him, as dozens staged a walkout at the school on Friday. A Facebook group was also set up to support him.
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Edited by NARSAddict - Jan 23 2014 at 9:49am