OXNARD (LALATE) – The Stacie Halas photos case as Tiffany Six ended with the teacher losing her appeal this week. The existence of Stacie Halas’s pictures online as Tiffany Six was cited by judicial officials in their ruling announced to news. Halas was the Oxnard-based school teacher who sued district officials asserting that she was wrongfully terminated from her job last year. On Friday, the appeals court ruled against her.
In 2012, LALATE broke news that the Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School teacher was put on administrative leave for pictures which surfaced online. Halas later was fired. She then brought an administrative appeal here in Southern California. Late yesterday, her attorney told news that Halas had lost the case.
Stacie Halas’ photos case began back in early 2012. Prior to becoming an Oxnard teacher, Stacie Halas had posed in videos and pictures online for films included one called “Pizza”. But in spring 2012, students had found the pictures online, then told school administrators, who then alerted District officials. District officials hired private attorneys to investigate the nature of Halas pictures. Halas was quickly put on administrative leave pending review.
District Supt. Jeff Chancer in a news statement at the time said “The issue really is … it would still cause a disruption having her return as a teacher in our school district.”
Chancer tried to determine the nexus of the pictures and the classroom. “We’re trying to determine if there’s a nexus on what she does on her own time and what she does in the classroom” . Chancer admitted to news that no criminal act was involved. But he initially ruled “it’s a crime as far as moral turpitude is concerned.”
Eventually, Halas was fired. Her lawyer Richard Schwab told news that her conduct was lawful. He claimed, however, that one cannot be fired for lawful conduct. “Lawful conduct in a business which, while others may disagree with its content, is very vibrant in both Los Angeles as well as the state of California.”
The appeals court disagreed however. In a 46 page appellate decision published Friday, Judge Julie Cabos-Owen speaking on behalf of the Commission on Professional Competence ruled against Halas.
Owen found that the conduct did warrant termination. “Although (Halas’) … [photos] career has concluded, the ongoing availability of her … materials on the Internet will continue to impede her from being an effective teacher and respected colleague.”
The court agreed with the school district’s arguments weeks earlier. The distract had told the board that “This case is about whether the students of the Oxnard School District are required to incorporate into their learning environment the choice Ms. Halas made to be a … [film] star”.
Ultimately the appeals court disagreed with Halas’ argument about the standard of legal review. Her attorney told the board “Your job is not to judge what she was in her past but what she is today. And what she is today, the evidence will show, is a very fit and a very caring teacher.”