The Crystal Gunns situation has changed and it may not have changed to benefit porn star turned teacher’s aide. There seems to be a discrepancy in her story and what is actually occurring. Whether or not Crystal Gunns’ alter ego, Louisa Tuck, will lose her job over it is unknown.
A few weeks ago, parents began informing school and district officials in Vineland, New Jersey, that one of the aides at D’Ippolito Elementary School was involved in the adult entertainment industry. Louisa C. Tuck, who works as a cafeteria aide and playground assistant and who also supervises some children’s programs at the local YMCA, was indeed Crystal Gunns, was also a porn star who had made three movies, did nude modeling layouts, had a stage career, and had a website, CrystalGunns.com, that, until two weeks ago, was easily accessible by anyone on the internet. The website is now password protected. Other photos and videos of Crystal Gunns are still available for perusal at various sites on the web.
But Louisa Tuck/ Crystal Gunns, it has been reported, insisted that she had quit the adult modeling industry some five years ago. Those involved in hiring Louisa Tuck for the less-than-$6000 per year teacher’s aide position said that they were unaware of Tuck’s past vocation, nor did it come up on a mandatory background check. Several legal advisors from the district and state advised the school and the district to allow the matter to drop, since Tuck had essentially done nothing wrong and any action against her might be seen as infringing upon her Constitutional rights, especially that of expression.
The Daily Journal reported Friday that Board of Education president Frank Giordano believes Tuck should be fired, the district to then deal with whatever falout might occur. The parents that have been calling and complaining to school Principal Gail Curcio and into the district offices about the porn star working around their children would undoubtedly agree.
Parents are divided on the issue. Several parents have told reporters for papers like the PressofAtlanticCity.com that they are not concerned about Tuck’s past.
But what about her present?
Daniel Walsh of PressofAtlanticCity.com reports that Crystal Gunns was named Score magazine’s 2008 model of the year in April, wrote a column called “The Gunns Show” at least until March, and posed as a Score calendar pin-up girl in June. Pictures had also been posted to the website as recently as June 30. And a September 28 blog post to Score website denies that Gunns had retired from the industry. The post goes on to say she will continue to work for score, do photo spreads and videos.
“She has done nothing wrong,” maintained Vineland school spokesperson John Sbrana, before he was informed of the recent activity. “She has not committed any crime. She’s entitled to her privacy like anyone else. There is no action against her.”
Walsh reports that Sbrana seemed surprised to find out that Louisa Tuck was still involved in the industry and had been under the impression she had retired several years ago. Sbrana said that school officials had learned about Crystal Gunns through parents and that the information they now had about her was something that a person does not come across “accidentally.”
D’Ippolito Elementary School has had to increase security since the news broke. Press reporters and television crews have become a common sight since the story broke.
But as information comes to light that Crystal Gunns has been active quite recently, how does this effect Louisa Tuck’s position? Does it change anything?
It just might. When her adult industry career was part of her past, it would most likely have remained so, at least legally. However, if Louisa Tuck is still posing nude and making pornographic videos, then the past argument loses weight and Tuck might face dismissal under a extant morals clause or a conduct regulation that involves her and her personal activities that might conflict with the performance of her duties as a teacher’s aide. Most school districts have such morals and conducts clauses.
And it would be all someone like Board president Giordano would need to move to have Louisa Tuck dismissed.