From The This Can Only Happen In New York File
"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."
Teaching for the past three years while doing little to conceal her past, is this the type of role model that parents want their children to be "exposed" to. A better question might be how the New York City Department of Education failed to do the simplest of background checks such as Googling her name, which would have provided an open window to her past (sounds a little like a peeping Tom).
This bio from Salon in 2007:
Melissa Petro graduated from Antioch College in 2002 with a degree in Self, Society and Culture, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at The New School. The first chapter of her memoir (’Mexico’) was awarded second place in Memoirs Ink 2005 Nonfiction Contest and was featured in Cultural Shock, a multimedia exhibition at Local Project Gallery. She recently presented a paper at Sex Work Matters: Beyond Divides, a conference for scholars, activists and analysts involved in issues surrounding sex work. This paper, entitled “I Did It… For the Money: Sex Work as a Means to Socioeconomic Opportunity”, was published in the August edition of Research in Sex Work. The third chapter of her memoir is being published in the forthcoming edition of Post Road.
What do parents think?
"I don't want nobody that used to do that to be around my kid. People like that should not be allowed to be anywhere near children."
What level of due diligence should parents reasonably expect when placing their kids under the care of a teacher? Probably a little more than this. She apparently has tenure so will be difficult to dismiss, and is currently on administrative duty.
Picture courtesy of the New York Post