This is more than just a moral question. I recently read that a teacher named Tara Myers or Tericka Dye at Parkway North in a suburb St. Louis, MO was placed on leave after she resigned and will not be returning for the rest of the school year.
The reason? One of her students brought up questions about her past which happened 15 years ago. Tericka Dye has appeared on pornographic films as Rikki Andersin.
I know many dancers or strippers at clubs today that do what they do to get money for college so they can have a bright future. The money of course is easy than laying bricks or painting a house but it’s what they chose to fund their education.
Tericka, now 38-years old, admits that she grew up on the wrong side of the railroad tracks and have said that it was her past that was coming back to haunt her. She regrets decisions she made back then but she is perfectly prepared to teach and loves teaching and her students.
“I’m a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who’s made a lot of bad decisions in life,” she said in May of 2006. “Anybody who’s been in my classroom could tell you how much I love teaching and how much I love these students, and that should be what matters more than anything in my past.”
I can only empathize with her and sometimes bad decisions from our past can come back and haunt us. What if you’ve already made amends to your wrongs in the past and have tried to walk the straight path into the future? Is that considered acceptable? Why would her mistakes during her youth prevent her from moving forward?
I am kind of biased on this one because I know for sure that I have done stupid things in my youth that I would never repeat and from where I have learned valuable lessons from. And for me to be condemned with the work that I do today because of those failures would be unfair.
What do you think?