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Old 01-27-2006, 09:07 AM   #1
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Teacher Shows 40 Year Old Virgin In HS Class

Not the worst thing imaginable that a teacher could do, but very poor judgment I think that movie actually has some positive and sweet messages, but obviously the teacher didn't follow the rules. Not that kids didn't sneak into the theater anyway but that's beside the point....


January 26, 2006

LEXINGTON, Ky. --Showing the R-rated movie "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" during high school Spanish class this week resulted in suspension for the teacher, who later resigned.

Fernando Del Pino was suspended with pay Tuesday for showing the movie to students at Lexington's Tates Creek High School a day earlier, said Lisa Deffendall, spokeswoman for Fayette County Public Schools. He resigned Thursday.

Del Pino, who was hired in August, said he decided to show the film after a student brought it to class and said it "was very funny," the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday.

The movie is about a 40-year-old single man whose friends try to help him gain experience in sex.

R-rated movies are not to be shown to anyone younger than 17 without a parent or guardian. The movie was rated R for pervasive, explicit and crude sexual content and drug use.

Parents of Tates Creek students must give written permission for their children to watch an R-rated movie at school, according to the school's video policy. Students whose parents object must be given alternative assignments.

The policy also states that the videos/movies "must be part of the lesson plan with genuine instruction objectives."

Deffendall said the investigation was initiated because "it appears that the Tates Creek policy was not followed." The suspension letter was issued Tuesday, the same day a complaint was reported to the district, she said.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

btw I didn't get this on the Drudge Report-so if it shows up on there or is already there..I got it in my local paper
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Re: Teacher Shows 40 Year Old Virgin In HS Class

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Del Pino, who was hired in August, said he decided to show the film after a student brought it to class and said it "was very funny," the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday.
I've heard several teachers complain that in practice it doesn't work out to solicit ideas from their students for music to play and movies to watch, etc. at parties because they can't count on them to recognize (or be honest about?) what might violate school policies.

Of course that's not an excuse for the teacher not checking the label and stopping himself before putting the film into the player.
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Dumb move...
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I don't know how old this teacher is and what kind of a rock he lives under that he wasn't aware of the content of this movie. Not to mention all he had to do was watch it himself first.

The title and rating are clues, no?
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Tates Creek High School! I have friends who went there (I lived in Lex for 8 looooong years).

That same policy applied in my high school, the rare times a rated R movie was shown we did the permission slip thing.
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I don't know how old this teacher is and what kind of a rock he lives under that he wasn't aware of the content of this movie.
34, a red brick row house, guilty as charged.

In fact, I had quite a far off idea of what this thread was going to be about based on the title when I opened it!
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How is this even news worthy?? They showed an R rated movie to high schoolers, oh no! Society is doomed.

I was 15 in high school when my history class watched Schindler's List. Should Mr. White be suspended for this??
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seems to me that it was just poor judgement. i dont see the need for the national publicity though, but as always, things are blown out of proportion
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Heh. My in-laws live in Lexington, right near Tates Creek HS, but decided not to send their kids there because of the bad reputation of the school. They went private instead. Guess that was a good decision.
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How is this even news worthy?? They showed an R rated movie to high schoolers, oh no! Society is doomed.

I was 15 in high school when my history class watched Schindler's List. Should Mr. White be suspended for this??
My history class did this, too, but the school required parental permission. But to me there's a pretty big difference between watching Schindler's List in a history class and watching The 40 Year Old Virgin because a student said it "was very funny." I mean, what was the educational reason for showing it? Unless, it was some kind of sex-ed class, of course.
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How is this even news worthy?? They showed an R rated movie to high schoolers, oh no! Society is doomed.

I was 15 in high school when my history class watched Schindler's List. Should Mr. White be suspended for this??
You have to be 17 + to see an R rated movie in the U.S. Additonally, the movie was being shown because it was "funny" not for any kind of educational use - so that time spent viewing the film should have been spent learning what they were there for in the first place.
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Schindler's List is a very important movie for teenagers to see, and it is shown with permission and knowledge of parents (I would assume). When I was in HS I had to get parental permission to see a Holocaust documentary, it was so emotional for me that I remember it to this day-and I learned very valuable lessons from it. I can't believe anyone would make any analogy between those two movies

He was suspended for violating the school policy, not for the particular movie

I didn't say society was doomed, it was in the newspaper and I just felt like posting it as a silly thread here. Shoot me
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I was 15 in high school when my history class watched Schindler's List. Should Mr. White be suspended for this??
How is that comparable?
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How is this even news worthy?? They showed an R rated movie to high schoolers, oh no! Society is doomed.
no, society isn't doomed because high schoolers saw this film. it's doomed when there is no longer any sense of innocence in our children - and when adults no longer seem to care. i am the parent of a child this age and if it had been shown to them, i would have been outraged.
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Yes, many parents and non-parents alike do still care about the innocence of children, and about letting them hold on to some things before they have to let them go or better yet-before then choose on their own when they are emotionally ready to let them go. So that is one thing that makes this issue important and relevant.
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