Career Change Off-Limits to Porn Star?

Several years ago Louisa Tuck (stage name, Crystal Gunns) exploited plastic surgery and personal innocence in exchange for fast money. Today she works with children in elementary school and the YMCA in Vineland, New Jersey. By every measure, a career change in an honorable direction.

But Louisa Tuck has come under fire from parents and education administrators. They have no grounds for her dismissal based upon her work. She has proven herself to be positive and effective in her work with children. But her past still lives on through the internet and other media sources. And that past raises fears of parents and educators in Vineland.

Now the school board of Vineland has been tossed this hot potato and asked for a verdict.

Board of Education President Frank Giordano wants Louisa Tuck fired. He let concerned parents know if it was his decision alone, he would fire her and worry about consequences later.  District Superintendent  Lawyers for the school district have said no action should be taken against Tuck; she has done nothing to violate her duties as a Teacher’s Aide.

Two important issues beg discussion here:

#1 Jesus constantly demonstrated forgiveness to others and directed those people toward a redeemed life.  shouldn’t people (particularly of faith) offer a second chance to this woman?

#2  Five years removed from her former life, has Ms. Tuck significantly demonstrated her desire to leave her past behind and serve in a job that benefits children? If not, what amount of time marks the tipping point for her to clear her past?

So, is this a just war waged on Louisa Tuck or a modern-day stoning taking place in New Jersey?

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7 Responses to “Career Change Off-Limits to Porn Star?”

  1. Andy, Good food for thought. My question is “what role does a repentent heart play in forgiveness?” In order for anyone to be saved we must first repent. Therefore to be forgiven should there be some degree of repentence or are we to forgive absent any contrition or sense of awareness that what was done was wrong or sinfull or recognition that my life style went against God?

  2. Rod: honest call on repentance with Louisa Tuck. It is the key to forgiveness. You present a vital action for her to express professionally and Spiritually.

    I do want to clarify that Ms. Tuck has not identified herself as a Christian. She has served children for 5 years without bringing her former life before anyone. I think the effort and performance of her duties is how she should be measured. On the other hand, she should do whatever she can to make sure her past life does not have a negative impact on the children she works with. No small feat as the adult entertainment industry is pervasive and has little integrity. The true measure of character is on her.

    Thanks for the wise perspective, Rod.

  3. Chuck Marbry Says:

    A couple of thoughts… Jesus told the woman caught in adultery, ?neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more” and as far as the article goes, it looks like she is trying to do that. However, I think a part of our struggle here is linked to the fact that there are two areas that as christians we are to flee from, any thing occultic, and sexual sin. The instruction to flee these two things are there for a reason. the other thought I believe plays a part here is the connection between forgiveness and forgetting. Or, more precisely, the lack of a connection between the two.Some things need forgetting, some things maybe not so much. God has,can and does change people when repentance is given. Yet to put a redeemed dessertaholic in charge of the church donuts might not be doing a favor to anyone! Im just saying…

  4. Chuck: This woman does come from a troublesome background and arena of temptation and addiction. Recently, she compared her past to President-elect Obama and President Clinton’s drug experimentation and the fact that they are not disqualified from their job. She raises and interesting point, but chooses not to address her remorse or break with the past more thoroughly.

  5. I like what a friend of mine wrote me about Ms.Tuck and the witchhunt against her:

    “Parents should be more concerned about the approved public school curriculum and the harm it can do their kids than about a teacher’s aide with a past. Just my opinion.” – Andrea

  6. Religion has nothing to do with this. How is this woman supposed to live a normal life if society will no longer let her? and the other concern is this… If she is fired, more than likely she will sue the school board and win, taking even more money from our already failing school system…

  7. Steve Elliott Says:

    Andy,
    It’s an interesting story and an excellent example of what I call “mis-jurisdictionism.” We’re confusing jurisdictions here. Certainly, if this woman is a Christian and has sought God’s forgiveness, then she is forgiven and Christians should give her a clean slate of forgiveness as well.

    Should a former porn star whose images are still plastered all over the virtual world be teaching children in a school setting? That’s an entirely different question, a societal question. One that I think rightly should be left to that school, that school board and those parents. It’s a reasonable community decision that the community can make. If the community through the school board decides the woman can teach, then the parents still retain their jurisdictional authority and can remove their children from that class/school if they so desire.

    But what about forgiveness? Are felons forgiven once they serve their time? NOt really. Felons can’t vote. What about sex offenders? Nope. We’ve decided as a society that we should publicly list sex offenders FOREVER on the internet. No forgiveness there.

    I don’t sit on that school board and if I did I would need more information before I could make a determination on whether this woman should have any official capacity in the school.

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