Senior Suspended For Acting In Adult Movies Allowed To Return To School

1558535_816077128418626_563557426_nRobert Marucci, a senior at Cocoa High School in Cocoa, Florida was suspended from school after it was discovered by students and brought to the attention of the principal that the 18-year-old had been starring in X-rated videos in order to help support his mother. According to local ten:

“I feel like I have been treated unfairly and this is unjust,” Marucci said. “This was completely legal. I didn’t break any laws, and this took place out of the school.”

His mother, Melyssa Lieb, said she knew her son was working in adult films, adding that he took the roles to support her financially.

“I think he’s the most awesome person in the world,” she said. “He stood up and he was the man of the house when I couldn’t be.”

After word spread about his explicit pictures, Marucci said administrators expelled him, saying he was a major disruption. In a referral slip, administrators wrote that he threatened to brings weapons to the school — something he denies.

His mother believes the alleged threats were not the real reason behind his punishment.

Despite the allegations of threats, Lieb said the principal told her, “He was expelled due to his explicit lifestyle career.”

After a four day suspension, school officials cleared Robert of any suspicion and he will be allowed to return to school today.

I think it’s wonderful Robert will be able to continue his education and graduate with his class. At the root of it, it’s  a very heartwarming story about a young man who wanted to do something in order to support his mom and went out there and did it.

But the mom me can’t help but feel a bit concerned about his career choice, and hope that some young adult model scout finds him and offers him more legitimate work. He’s 18, and technically an adult, and I’m not his mom so it isn’t my biz but 18 just seems so young to be entering into a career field that isn’t exactly known for being supportive and positive for young people. If Robert were 25 and had explored his other options a bit and all of that I wouldn’t give it a second thought, but I personally hate  hearing about 18 year olds in porn.

I’m sure the normal movie and modeling business is fraught with a lot of exploitation and ickiness too, and I’m sure if Robert was holding a career in non-porn film making  he’d be exposed to a lot of unsavory activity, but when you are 18 and you engage in sex acts on film that sort of thing usually sticks with you forever. It’s not like he will be able to explore a future in American politics now. Not that he planned to.

It’s not the school’s business what he does after school hours. It’s wonderful he wanted to support his mom. I just hope that he is happy and safe and he has people looking out for him.

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    • wonderstruck

      I would feel like a shit mom if I was supportive of my 18 year old becoming the man of the house and working in porn to help ME financially. Wish there was more back story here, but I just can’t imagine a situation where I would be encouraging of my teenager making such a drastic choice at such a young age so that they can give me money.

      • Momma425

        THIS times a million.

      • Rachel Sea

        When my dad got sick, my every spare dollar went to the household fund. I regularly paid bills, and bought his meds from when I was 13 years old. When I was 16, and able to work full time, I was giving my parents several hundred dollars a month, even though I didn’t really live at home. If my mom hadn’t been around, I might have had to make similarly drastic decisions.

      • SarahJesness

        If I had started working sooner, I probably would’ve had to give/lend my mom more money. It’s not that we were poor, she’s just never been that great with money. I only worked the summer before heading off to college, but I did lend her money for bills, (and paid for the dog’s vaccination, but since she’s my dog too that was fair) so nothing too drastic.

    • brebay

      Worst mother of all time. I get that an 18-year-old can do what he wants to, but she doesn’t seem to be doing everything within her power to convince her son not to do this.”He stepped up and was the man of the house when I couldn’t be?” Are you freaking kidding me? This woman is a huge fail. I’m sorry, but if there ever was a reason to go on welfare, keeping your teenager from selling his body would be that. I would whore myself first, collect cans, work nights at 7-11 before I would allow my 18-yr-old child to support me in this way. There is absolutely no circumstance under which she should be accepting this. Oh, and yeah, he has every right to be in school.

      • keelhaulrose

        Really? Worst mother? We’ve got a story yesterday of a mom selling her baby on the internet for $112, we have parents who do what happened to baby Brianna or Little Benjamin Sergeant, and a woman who knows her adult son is doing porn is the worst?
        We don’t know the mother’s situation. Maybe she’s been injured or is sick and can’t move around to pick up cans or stand for a shift.
        We don’t even know that she didn’t talk to him about his decision. For all we know they had a very long discussion, and he decided this was the way to go. He’s an adult. At least his mother loves and supports him emotionally.

      • SarahJesness

        How do we know the mother knew about the film before he decided to do it?

    • marimba_girl

      I’m with you…I pass no judgement on anyone’s choices on how they support themselves or their family. With that being said I have a couple of problems with this.
      First, he’s awfully young. We all did things when we were 18, 19, 20 that we are not very proud of but thankfully most of it wasn’t readily available on video. This could potentially damage any future career he may have.
      Second, while I don’t know the details of their financial situation I would have a hard time being okay with my son supporting me and/or the rest of our family in any capacity but more so if it was something as questionable as this. I would do everything in my power to make sure he didn’t have to support me. For me, it should be the other way around.
      Third, the fact that the other kids had such easy access to this type of thing is frightening. I have four children ranging in age from 5 to 15 so I have no illusions on how savvy they are about finding and seeing things they aren’t supposed to but I have to wonder about the kids who have seen this and felt it was okay to spread it around. I won’t say my kids will never do that sort of thing but I have high hopes. :)
      My hope is that he will move forward to do whatever he chooses to do it his life. If that’s in the adult film industry then so be it. I just wish he had a few more years to make the decision.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        Everything you said right here

      • marimba_girl

        Thank you. I have high hopes for my children to be excellent people but I’m sure I’m screwing them up in my own special way.
        I worry about this boy and the kind of life he’s had that makes him think that his is a better choice than working at a restaurant, store, factory, etc.

      • jane

        I don’t know, this might be a better choice than working at a restaurant/store/factory. There’s probably a lot more money in it right now and just as much long term potential/stability. Would I want my kids working in porn? Not really. But I wouldn’t want them being ditch diggers either. Lots of people in his position probably make much worse choices (prostitution, drugs, theft, etc). He went the legal and, to my mind more important, honest route. Not ideal, but many people have to make less than ideal choices.

      • marimba_girl

        You’re right in saying that there were worse choices but there were also better ones. My biggest concern is his home life. I’m a foster parent and I’ve seen this behavior before. The parents teach them that as long as it’s legal and you can make money at it (or sometimes as long as you don’t get caught) it’s the way to go. Thinking of probable future complications never enters their minds. We all know that whether he chooses to stay this course or move on to something else, these actions will stay with him forever.
        As I stated before I don’t know the circumstances of his family life. If he chose this path of his own free will then so be it but he’s awfully young to have made a decision with this amount of gravity without some guidance about the impact it will have. Personally I would have had a long talk with my children about how this will forever change their lives and I’m not sure that was done here.

      • SusannahJoy

        My brother was a ditch digger. He worked for an electric company. He did his job, did it well, and very quickly got promoted out of ditch digging. Within a couple years he was supporting his family of 6, and was able to buy a house. That’s much preferable to working in porn.

      • SarahJesness

        He’s 18, still in high school, and probably doesn’t have much job experience. Depending on where you live, it can be difficult to even get a minimum wage fast food job. If he needed some money right away, the film probably got him that. There are no details, but maybe the situation was really desperate.

    • Alfreda Wells Morrissey

      The best way for him to find another career path would be to get an education. If you kick him out of school, then he will pretty much be forced to continue acting in x rated films to support himself and his family. Education at least gives him the choice to pursue other options. If he chooses to remain in the industry because he loves it so be it. However, if he is judged based on his past career choice and refused education or alternate employment and then forced to continue working in sex work, that is really not fair.

    • brebay

      says 4 comments, only see two, is mine lost in space?

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        I think disqus is a bit haunted this morning

      • marimba_girl

        How do I reach the great and powerful Eve? I’d like to email you a question. :)

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        you can email me at eveevevawter AT Gmail dot com!

      • marimba_girl

        Mine wasn’t showing either but they are both there now. :)

    • candi514

      Ok first it has not been said why he was the one working. Maybe his mom is/was very sick and couldn’t work? It is possible she didn’t know what kind of work he was doing. And at 18 nobody can tell him he can’t do it. Now with no high school diploma the work options are very slim. And porn like it or not can be a lot of money for very little work. I see no valid reason for him to have been kicked out of school and he is right back where he needs to be. Maybe he will go on to college and get a real good job, maybe he’ll be the next James Deen (sp. I don’t really know porn stars just know him from that teen mom chick lol). But its none of our business.

      • brebay

        Well 99% of stories on the internet are none of our business. The original story says nothing about her being ill. Even so, there are numerous welfare programs and charitable causes to assist in those times. Of course an 18-year-old can do as he pleases, but most parents still give quite a bit of guidance to children still in high school. I just think it’s incredible sad that she hasn’t told him with absolute certainty that she absolutely, does NOT want him doing this under any circumstances. I feel so bad for this poor kid. I think he’s really being let down by the person who should have his very best interests at heart.

      • candi514

        Like I said we have no way of knowing if the mother knew before hand that her son was doing this for money. Honestly how many parents have serious conversations with their kids about not doing porn? I know it never came up in my house. And those programs your talking about sometimes can take months or years to get help from. I was in a shelter with my mother and 4 siblings when I was younger, my mom applied for section 8 assistance and was told there was a 2 year waiting list. There isn’t always help available and the help that is there is very hard to get. I think the mother fighting to get her child back in school proves she hasn’t let him down. But I have my opinion and you are entitled to yours.

      • TngldBlue

        It says in the third paragraph the mother knew he was doing porn to support her. And while I wholeheartedly agree that finding help is just not as easy as simply needing it, that is the mothers problem not the childs.

      • candi514

        Just because she knew eventually doesn’t mean she knew at first. The paragraph says that she knew, not when she knew.
        Teens start a lot of things without telling their parents what’s going on until after they are “successful” in their venture. But from the information here we don’t know for sure.

      • TngldBlue

        Does it really matter when she found out? She is still super proud that her high school attending child did porn to support her financially and that is very distrubing.

      • candi514

        There are parents that support their kids doing things far more disturbing then porn. And he is far from the first 18 year old to do porn while in high school.

      • TngldBlue

        You are right, if adults do it then it’s great for kids. And if other kids are doing it too, well we all know that means it’s a fantastic idea.

      • candi514

        Did I ever say it was right? Life is hard and sometimes people don’t make the best decisions. Do I think they need to be demonized for their choices? No. Everything I’ve said is true, doesn’t make it right, but it is true.

      • keelhaulrose

        It is Florida, which drug tests for welfare, and if she’s sick there a chance she’s on something that would cause her to fail.
        Charity is an option, but how many charities are giving out enough to support a family on?

    • Natasha B

      So, his mom is just like, oh honey I can’t be man of the house! Go make some porn mmmk? We’ll be financially stable then! It’d be interesting to see a little more back story here. I absolutely don’t think he should have been suspended from school, he wasn’t underage, he wasn’t doing anything illegal, and he wasn’t doing it at school. None of their business. I do, however, wonder how much of this was truly his choice, or if his mother thought of the long term consequences.

    • Megan Zander

      my mom pestered me throughout college to work at the local topless bar as a coat check girl. She reasoned that I would be fully dressed, separated from the nudity by a door and that I would make a ton of money. When I got into law school she thought I should consider stripping to offset the cost.( I said no to both, although sometimes when I think about my student loans I think she was on to something) Yes, the situation is different because I was over 18 and the money would benefit me and not her, but I guess I can understand how a parent could think their kid had the maturity to handle an adult industry. I’m not saying it’s right, and I agree with the comments that I wish he had a chance to get out into the world for a while before deciding to do adult films, I’m just saying I understand how a mother could think it wouldn’t be the worst job.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        Next feature M

      • Megan Zander

        lol. whatever you say boss.

    • TngldBlue

      He should not be suspended for this, absolutely not. But over my dead body would my 18 year old child do porn to support me. I’d sell myself before that would happen.

    • keelhaulrose

      I think an immature 18 year old would have quit school thinking porn would be his bread and butter for the rest of his life.
      We don’t know why mom isn’t working, but she mentioned she couldn’t. If Robert wanted to help support his family you have to look at the options for an 18 year old who doesn’t have a high school diploma. Most of them won’t pay shit, and the hours would either keep him out of school or severely hinder his ability to get his work done.
      Is it the ideal job? No, but I doubt he started this lightly.

    • pixie

      So, to my understanding, a teenager who bullies a peer relentlessly online will (usually) not get in trouble, but an 18 year old who wants to make some money to help support his mom (or any other reason, really) by appearing in an adult film gets suspended for four days (after first being expelled). That’s kind of ridiculous in my opinion. The teachers/admin could have pulled him aside, made sure he wasn’t being forced to do anything he didn’t want to, made sure he was ok and there wasn’t anything else going on in his life that could cause worry.
      And I’m curious as to how it was found out that he appeared in adult films. Yes, I know both teenagers and probably the teachers watch porn in their free time, but did he tell people, or did someone come across it in their late-night viewings? Perhaps he could have gotten a low-paying job at the local grocery store or McDonalds, which is pretty much all he’s qualified for without a high school diploma, but we don’t know what their financial situation is. Maybe his mom needs an expensive surgery or they’re about to lose their home so he needs a lot of money really fast. He could have turned to dealing drugs, he could have turned to prostitution, but instead he turned to a legal industry. As keehaulrose pointed out, he has to have some maturity about him for staying in school and working in adult entertainment and probably considered his options before starting this job.

      • Megan Zander

        took the words out of my mouth

    • Larry Drew SG

      I heard he aced Wood shop

    • Boots

      While I didn’t do movie, I did series of spreads (boom tish!) for magazines in my younger days. Name any other job where a half days work pays $1000?that was an entire semester’s worth oftextbooks, lab supplies & a bit left over for tteaching supplies (my usual after hours job during term – tutoring jobs are slim during holidays & uni was expensive). Did my parents know? Nope. Was it worth it? Absolutely. Would I want my own child doing that? Probably not, but at least I know how it works.

    • SarahJesness

      Kicking a student out of high school for doing an adult film is a GREAT way to ensure that he’s able to get a well-paying, socially acceptable job outside of the adult film industry. There’s HUGE demand for workers without high school diplomas.

      Anyway, I read about this on a different site and was wondering what his parents thought of it. Now reading that he’s doing this to support his mom? That’s pretty sad, their situation probably isn’t that great. But at least he turned to a legal industry and stayed in school, so there’s that. The school shouldn’t have kicked him out; he did this film on his own time and it was perfectly legal. If students are bullying other students, you correct the behavior of the BULLIES, not the victims. I was picked on a lot in middle school because I read constantly; should the school have told me to read less?

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    • efdfdffddfdf

      He’s 18 whats the problem? When these old timers were 18 they did the same thing