Dave Mech, former porn actor, suing Palm Beach County schools

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - A former porn actor is fighting the Palm Beach County School District over the first amendment.

Dave Mech is suing the district in federal court for unspecified damages, saying they violated his first amendment rights for taking down his ad for his math tutoring business.
 
After two years, in February, the district took the ads down.
 
They were up at Spanish River High School, Omni Middle School and at Boca Middle School.
 
Several parents complained about his production company, which stopped making porn in 2010.
 
He's now producing a documentary about the effects of porn on the actors themselves.
 
He says all that is irrelevant to his tutoring business, for which he has dozens of clients of all ages.
 
"For them to say we have multiple math tutoring ads, but we're going to take yours down, and the only reason we're taking yours down is because you have this unaffiliated other business that used to produce adult media, to me, that's a direct violation of the first amendment," said Mech.
 
The district issued this response:
 
"Principals shall use their discretion in selecting and approving business partners that are consistent with the educational mission of the school board. The District will stand by what is ultimately in the best interest of the students." 
 
Marisa Ungerman, a Boca Raton parent, agrees it should be taken down.
 
"I don't think it's right, I don't think it's safe, " said Marisa.
 
But parent Eric Wechsler says the taxpayer-funded school district went too far, that it's up to parents to decide whether his ad is in the best interest of the students.
 
"If they are still concerned about his past, they have a right not to use him," said Wechsler.
 
Mech says he hasn't lost any clients over his past business and that he never discusses it with his students - because, again, he says one thing has nothing to do with the other.
 
"This is within community values. This is within the educational mission of the school board. There is nothing about the banner that is inconsistent with their policy."
 
Mech is representing himself in his lawsuit.
 
He says he will ask whether the district asked about everyone's background who advertises on  their fences, which is where his banner ad was placed.
 
 

 


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