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Teacher Watches Porn in Class, Loses Job, Gets Job Back

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A classic(-ish) tale of redemption.

In 2010, a seventh-grade science teacher was fired from Wisconsin’s Glacier Creek Middle School for looking at porn on his classroom computer during work hours. He returns to work tomorrow at a different school.

Andrew Harris was one of seven staff members named in a 2009 internal investigation that found district employees had viewed explicit content on school grounds. Harris was the only full-time teacher to lose his job – the others were reprimanded or suspended without pay. The district claimed the material viewed by Harris was “more inappropriate” than what was viewed by his peers, but the teachers' union argued that he was unfairly singled out. An arbitrator found in Harris’ favor, awarding him $200,000 in back pay and $700,000 in legal costs.

As a general rule, we are (very) pro-porn. We are also pro-middle school teachers, because, speaking as former middle school students, we can vouch that we were insufferable little sub-humans from age 12 through our junior year of college. But the specifics of Harris’ court case aside, it’s clear that better judgment could have been exercised by everyone involved.

Watch porn while you eat dinner. Watch porn in airplane bathrooms. Watch porn during outpatient toe surgery. But you probably shouldn’t watch porn at work – unless you work for Nerve, in which case, welcome to paradise – especially if there are insufferable little sub-humans around.

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