Ohio School Teacher Faces Stiff Punishment for Writing an Erotic Novel
Carol Ann Eastman, a teacher at Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio, has raised the ire and confusion of parents, students, and the Education Association for her pseudonymously penned debut novel Schooled, described by the author as "Chelsea Handler meets 50 Shades of Grey." For a quick summary of the plot, let's go straight to the description from Amazon:
The horrifying shock of witnessing her husband banging his skank-whore secretary spurred this ever-wholesome and rule-following teacher to seek some new lessons of her own. A young teacher learns about sexuality, pleasure, and satisfaction from rather unlikely and forbidden teachers, her former students, now recent college graduates.
Enough said. It's easy to understand why certain groups might raise an eyebrow at the content of the book, given Eastman's position. Fortunately, she had the foresight to self-publish the eBook as Deena Bright. Unfortunately, everyone found out anyway. No word on how exactly, though as The Huffington Post notes, searching whois reveals Eastman as the registrant for DeenaBright.com.
Eastman was already reprimanded for a separate incident-- using school computers for "social" purposes-- which garnered her three weeks administrative leave and a loss of five days pay. Now she's apparently hired an attorney to battle the complaints and avoid any further action. North Canton Education Association President George "Skip" Baran has publicly disapproved of Schooled, though he does acknowledge that technically Eastman hasn't broken the law.
I honestly don't see much of a problem here. Schooled details affairs between a teacher and her former students, i.e. grown, consenting adults. Eastman wrote, published, and promoted the book under a different name, her only real offense being that she may have done some of this work on a school computer. The tone seems to lean more toward humor, rather than straight erotica. At the very least, she's acting out latent fantasies through fiction, but isn't that what every author does? I mean, let's face it, there's a good chance Charles Bukowski did not sleep with as many women as he claimed in his work.
But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Schooled is in poor taste, and Eastman should be further punished for writing it. Thoughts?
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