Lolita Lopez, Tom Bravo
Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School teacher Stacie Halas was at the center of controversy when it was discovered that she appeared in an adult film. Oxnard School District officials fired her. Lolita Lopez reports on March 7, 2012 from Oxnard Unified School District headquarters in Oxnard, Calif.
An Oxnard junior high teacher fired for performing in a pornographic video before she was hired is planning to fight her dismissal.
An attorney for 32-year-old Stacie Halas said Friday that she will “vigorously contest” the allegations against her.
Lawyer Richard Schwab told the Ventura County Star that Halas engaged in “lawful conduct” in a “very vibrant” business for California.
Halas has 30 days to appeal the decision by requesting a hearing with an administrative law judge.
Oxnard School District trustees voted Wednesday night to fire Halas, who taught seventh and eighth grade science at Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School.
She had been on paid administrative leave since her appearance on the video surfaced last month.
Superintendent Jeff Chancer said her return to class would be disruptive.
Allegations surfaced last Friday, when students alerted Haydock administrators.
In the letter signed by Chancer, Salas was described as having been "depicted in at least one pornographic video and possibly others on the Internet."
Students had mixed reactions to the news -- some claimed the school district should stay out of the teacher's personal life while others said it was inappropriate behavior for a teacher.
The district has not had problems with this teacher in the past, officials said. The allegations do not involve any students in the Oxnard School District.