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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