Another name can be added to the list of teachers fired for their private lives. The list already includes one teacher fired for posing in a bikini ad and another teacher fired because she was a victim of domestic violence. In a touching twist, this time the students defended their teacher, who is at risk of being terminated from her employment for having posed in Playboy while in college.
Cristy Nicole Deweese, 21, currently teaches Spanish at the Rosie M. Collins Sorrells School of Education and Social Services in Dallas. When she was in college, she was Co-Ed of the Month for Playboy and posed for nude shots that remain on the internet. In an interview before a shoot, Deweese stated that she was majoring in Spanish because she wanted to be a high school Spanish teacher.
Parents have objected to the former model teaching at the school. They claim that it will be impossible for male students to look at their instructor without picturing her naked and that female students will be unable to respect her or look up to her. One mother said the students have been viewing the videos and pictures during the school day, including commenting on the images online.
Others have asserted that it violates Dallas Independent School District or Texas Education Agency's code of ethics. Debbie Radcliffe, a spokeswoman for the TEA, said it is "a murky situation" and "It wasn't an illegal activity, but it raises the question about whether that action violated the Educators' Code of Ethics." The school district has currently not commented on the pictures. DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander said, "This is a personnel matter, and it will not be discussed."
The students, though, disagree with these assessments of their instructor, and they are taking to social media to voice their support for Deweese. One student tweeted, "Half of the school already found out about that one Spanish teacher. She's a teacher now, not a Playboy model anymore! Leave her alone guys!" Another tweet read, "For goodness sake...she was 18. What matters is 'Is she a good teacher!'"