Why forward-thinking Stripping teacher Benedict Garrett should be allowed to strip
by Carol Driver
Teacher getting his kit off is no biggy. There’s worse he could do
Am I missing something? Why has there been such outrage over the teacher who was moonlighting as a stripper? Poor Benedict Garrett was hauled before the General Teaching Council because he worked in clubs while being employed at a secondary school. Thankfully, the disciplinary committee had the common sense to only reprimand him, and didn’t ban him from teaching sex education.
Garrett, from Hackney, has rightfully argued working as a stripper – oh, and as a nude waiter at private dinners and starring in a porn film – is not unacceptable professional conduct as none of his behaviour was illegal.
But clearly the images of him in a fireman’s uniform and a bit of bondage gear were too much for the fussy bods in charge, who probably had a hot flush while looking at them. What did they think would happen? That Garrett would decide to go to school in similar attire? That he’d think it a good idea to give his pupils a free demonstration? It may liven up those embarrassing sex ed classes.
On Garrett’s website, he says he’s “teaching young people to be open-minded”. Lord knows, with the soaring rates of teenage pregnancy, we need to try a different tack, so why not this? If anything, the fact Garrett works in this field makes him experienced and qualified to teach his subject – you wouldn’t ban a drama teacher from appearing in a theatre show. And who really knows what teachers get up to in their spare time – I’m sure a few more would be before the committee in a flash if they were forced to disclose.
That Garrett was forced into taking a second job taking off his clothes because of dire wages will be a valuable lesson in life for his pupils. At least they’ll grow up fully aware working as a teacher doesn’t pay the bills.
Perhaps the only real crime the 31-year-old committed was going by the pseudonym Johnny Anglais, which is, without doubt, the worst porn name ever.