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Suspension overturned for high school porn star
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Suspension overturned for high school porn star

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 24 January 2014 11:43 Written by // Michael Magnusson

Following widespread criticism over his suspension from high school last week for appearing in gay porn, Robert Marucci returned to classes.

Merucci (pictured), an 18-year-old senior at Florida's Cocoa High School was suspended after commercially produced gay pornographic videos in which he appeared were circulated around the school.

According to the Brevard County school board, Marucci, who performs in the video under the name of 'Noel' was suspended for 'unspecified conduct violations' but that school principal Stephanie Soliven and Marucci reached an agreement earlier this week enabling him to return to school.

Marucci's mother, Melyssa Lieb said he appeared in the videos to help her pay bills and that she is proud of her son.

Merucci said that he became a target for bullies after the videos were discovered but, instead of helping him, the school suspended him for 10 days, which leads to an automatic failure due to absences.

Following Merucci's suspension students protested the school's action via social media and staging a walk out. The Cocoa High School Facebook page has also been seen complaints posted by current and former students and Marucci’s supporters criticising the school’s administration.

"Absolutely disgusting what you've done involving [Marucci's] education and his lawful choices that took place outside of your school. As a member of the LGBTQ community, you have no idea how backwards this makes your school and our town look;” one wrote.

“It is shame Principle Stephanie Soliven would take it upon herself to suspend a student for nothing illegal,” another posted.

Brevard County school board spokesperson Michelle Irwin told media: “It's easy to become emotional about a situation when it looks like a student is being targeted for his lifestyle choices. That is not the case here.

“We will continue to work with the student and his family to make sure he graduates and moves on with his education.”

 

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Michael Magnusson

Michael Magnusson

Michael has written for the gay media for over a decade and has also written for a number of journals, magazines and street presses around Melbourne and websites around the world.

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