In the 1970s, a young Jacqueline Laurent Auger acted in a number of soft-core erotic films in Europe. She is now 73 years old. For the past 15 years, she has worked as a drama teacher at prestigious College Jean-de-Brebeuf in Quebec. Until recently. Despite 15 years of distinguished teaching at the school that has educated former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, his son Justin who is trying to become PM today, from Premier Robert Bourassa as well as a long list of who’s-who of Quebec elite society, Ms. Laurent Auger was recently “let go,” informed her services were no longer required since she is presumably a bad role model.
The decision has sparked a morality debate. Besides the reasons for the decision itself, some commentators have commented on the prevalence of “sexting” among students the age of College Jean-de-Brebeuf’s student body and pointing out the school would now be obligated to suspend anyone at the institution found “guilty” of such practices. After all, the school has set the precedence. Worse, this would involve what is legally considered child pornography, not an adult willingly participating in slightly risque behaviour decades ago.
Really, the debate is why those responsible for hiring and harbouring such a morally depraved creature of Ms. Laurent Auger have not themselves been sacked. After all, aren’t they the ones responsible for protecting the morals of their charges? Since they are the ones responsible for exposing the students to a staff member of such questionable character, shouldn’t they themselves be sending out new resumes?