COCOA, Fla. — A Florida school district on Tuesday lifted the suspension of a high school senior who claimed he was kicked out for appearing in gay adult films.
Robert Marucci, 18, said that Cocoa High School principal Stephanie Soliven told him that he was suspended allegedly for his after-school hours work as a performer for the gay adult production company Sean Cody Studios.
Marucci, who said he was making the films to assist with his family’s bills, said other students found his work and he became a target for bullies.
On Tuesday, Brevard County School District spokeswoman Michelle Irwin said Tuesday that the school had reached an agreement that would allow Marucci to return to school on Wednesday.
The district denied that Marucci was suspended because of his role in adult films, and said the principal taken a lot of heat because of the incident.
“In this particular case, we had an investigation, which is now complete, and the student is welcomed to come back to talk to Dr. Sullivan about his educational options,” said Irwin.
Article continues below“It’s easy to become emotional about a situation when it looks like a student is being targeted for his lifestyle choices, that is not the case here,” Irwin said. “We will continue to work with the student and his family to make sure he graduates and moves on with is education.”
Irwin said Marucci was never expelled but was told to stay home and issued a referral slip because of “credible allegations” the staff received. That was weeks ago. She would not elaborate on why he was sent home, citing the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act. She said the school conducted an investigation and all allegations had been cleared.