Utica High Father Targets Principal with Rolling Billboard For Porno Remark

A local parent has targeted Utica High School principal Janet Jones for teaching his daughter about the porno industry.

A Utica High School parent is driving around with a trailer criticizing the principal for teaching his 15-year-old daughter about porn, according to Fox 2 News

Steven Werner told Fox 2 News that on Halloween, Utica Principal Janet Jones called his daughter down to her office because of her pink and black pirate costume.  The costume included a skirt and knee-high stockings with pink bows.

Werner says Jones told his daughter that she looked like a porn star, according to the TV station.

When Werner's daughter asked what a porn star was, Jones responded by telling her about the the profession.

"She did say that all men watch porn and it's a fact of life and I should get real," Werner told Fox 2 News.

To send Jones a message, Werner has attached a rolling billboard on his hauling trailer that reads "Mrs. Jones taught my daughter about PORN. "All men watch porn."

To watch a video of Werner on Fox 2 News, click here.

Utica Community Schools released the following statement about the incident.

The student was sent to the office as a result of the disruption at school and concern over her attire. Mrs. Jones addressed this issue as is her responsibility to protect the learning environment, but also out of her concern for this young person.

The principal has the obligation to ensure a positive learning environment. The brief conversation between the student, principal and counselor was in the context of addressing the disruption to the learning environment, the attire, and concern for the student. 

Mike November 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Wait a minute, she's 15, living in the digital age, the age of music videos and cable tv and she didn't know what pornography was? Lol, ,,,right! Cool it Dad! Take some anger management courses, lose the sign, and stop embarrassing your kids more than you already have!
jholeton jr November 14, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Tracy Enoch, it is not an idiotic statement to say that a person in power has overstepped their bounds. It is not the role of Principal Jones to lecture students on pornography or ANY sexual topic. This fact has mysteriously flew by you because you must enjoy what is being taught at the public schools.Shelby Township is comprised of the largest percentage of conservatives in the state & I (we) do not like this material being forcefully taught to our children. It is the parents job to teach our children controversial material, not the state.With this concept in mind, I would ask that this person be removed from her position immediately!
David Weaver November 14, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Just like I find it difficult to believe O'Bama (sp) won a second term I find it difficult to understand your wrath against Principal Jones. None of us were present when the conversation took place between Jones and the student so we cannot comment or assume too much short of the girl was told to alter her costume. Are your kids, if you have any, in private schools or home schooled jr? Either way, in 2012 they cannot escape exposure to sex, pornography, drugs, etc. Like death and taxes, it's a fact of life. I do applaud your moral character however. God Bless.
Rebekah November 15, 2012 at 06:48 AM
I would just like to add as a UHS alumni, Mrs.jones was the best principal ever. She legitimately cared about everyone of her students. I guarentee you most of the uhs almni/current students who were lucky enough to have her as a principal would agree. this is a complete outrage, that a parent (whose daughter was wearing an innopropriate outfit) would try and make Mrs.Jones look like a terrible.person. She's the best. Don't believe me, just go search #teamjones and you will see. I would also like to add that I know the student in question, and she has been loose since the first met her when she was in eigth grade. #teamjones
Rebekah November 15, 2012 at 07:01 AM
You have absolutely no idea how amazing Principal Jones is. You obviously have not done your reasearch into the amount of good that JJones has done. You also don't seem to realize that the entire student body is on Mrs.Jones' side. This should tell you something. JJones is the best principal hands down. This girl decided to play stupid so she could avoid trouble, she got what she deserved. That girl has been sleeping with people since seventh grade, she knows what porn is. JJones is a parebtal figure to many of her students. She cares about all of us.
jholeton jr November 15, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Rebekah, your post is an outrage & I am disgusted that you would post such a demeaning remark about this young woman. The issue is if this Principal has the POWER under her existing contract to lecture students WITHOUT her parents consent on pornography & what a porn star does or does not look like, nothing more. It takes courage to come forward when a person in authority commits an action which makes you feel uncomfortable. The young woman who came forward has earned the respect of others, you should learn by example.
Lorenzo Santavicca November 15, 2012 at 10:57 PM
jholeton jr, what an outrage it is on your part to see you calling out such an issue that needed to be addressed. I agree with Rebekah, and I believe that Principal Jones was trying her best to get the message across to the student. YOU should learn by example to give others the benefit of the doubt, in this case, the principal, (SOMETHING most people don't have nowadays), mr. jholeton jr.
Matt Guarnieri November 16, 2012 at 12:02 AM
You need to have children or have had children this age at some time in your life to make any comment......Until you're a father of a 15 year old daughter you have no right to comment on either side of this argument. Having ex students judge the father or childless adults judge this principal is ignorant. I have a 15 year old daughter, the principal was wrong for the lecture the daughter and,,,, the father was wrong not to second guess his daughters costume decision. The father is blaming the principal for his own shortcomings as a parent. It is the parents responsibility to protect his daughter from this kind of experience and in this case, he failed.
Macomb Rocker November 17, 2012 at 08:33 AM
The things that some parents allow the kids to wear! Do they not look at the kids before they walk out the door. My daughter learned one time. Made her go back in the house and change. I questioned her mom, where she got the apparel from. Now that she's older and out of school, my daughter realizes how to dress for success. Some of these teenage girls look like hookers. Irregardless the principal should have kept his comments to hisself and just called the parents.
susan November 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Principal Jones is an excellent principal and should not be fired for one infraction even if she did say what she is accused of saying. Maybe she shouldn't have said it and I am a very conservative person but the way some of these girls dress is horrific. Also, the parent may not have known what his daughter was wearing to school as students often change their clothes after they leave the home. Everyone needs to calm down and deal with this matter in a rational way. People are making a lot of judgements here without even knowing all of the facts. If I were the parent of this student I would be embarrassed at how she was dressing and not call any more attention to the matter. There are dress codes in the student manuals and if the girl was violating the rules then she should have been sent home to change as is the policy. It's very possible that the student exaggerated or twisted what the principal actually said but even principals are human and make mistakes.
Nancy Smith November 18, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Mr. Holeton, You've only heard the details from one side of the story. (and clearly biased!) The district has not stated the dialogue that transpired .. and rightly so. Clearly they are protecting the privacy of the student. This is far more than her father has done! He is now the one going around our township heightening the topic of porn! You should be outraged with Mr. Werner for exposing other children to this "new" vocabulary of "porn"! The high school where he is pulling is trailer around is also across the street from an elementary school. Shame on him!
Nancy Smith November 18, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Since you seem to need credibility . . . let's go there. I have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. YOU don't know what was said to the student! YOU don't know the background of the student and/or her father! What CARING FATHER would ever choose this strategy to "get an apology"?! (which is all that he is saying he wants) Have YOU ever considered that this is an attention seeking ploy by the father?!
Denise A. Wahl November 18, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Does anyone find it upsetting that Ms Jones characterized an entire gender as porn watchers? ("All men watch porn."). Also, does anyone find it ironic that for Ms Jones to know what a porn star looks like she is affirming that she has watched porn to know? (So it's not just men, right?) The parents should have been aware of what their child was wearing to school and what the costume was intended to represent - they are supposed to be the first level of guidance. If it gets to the principle, then the principle's job is simply to explain why the costume doesn't meet school standards - it should be enough to say that it implies a level of sexuality that is not appropriate in the school setting - getting into the whole porn industry was unnecessary. It is also not the principle's job to further share her subjective opinion that all men watch porn - "all" is a very broad statement that sweepingly stereotypes the entire male gender unfavorably. I wouldn't want my child being influenced by anyone's subjective personal opinions on any topic - in this case, Ms Jones overstepped her role, regardless of her intent, which may very well have been out of a true sense of the school and child's best interest. The child's father just needed to register his objection with Ms Jones and/or the school board. That should have served to enlighten everyone. Everyone - student, parents, and principle - have shared responsibility here, something to learn and correct.
Craig Hennigan November 18, 2012 at 06:55 PM
WTF is political propaganda about this? The student dressed like a porn star, and we're supposed to think that a 15 year old girl at Utica High didn't know what porn was? Seriously? I went to UHS a long time ago. Everyone there knew what porn was and it's even more prevalent today. Jholeton, back in your day, when you came home with a complaint from a teacher or principal, your parents got angry with you. Now they get angry with the school. Something went wrong.
Craig Hennigan November 18, 2012 at 06:56 PM
jholeton lives in a hole where it's 1938 at the bottom.
Josh November 18, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Just another reason Christmas kicks halloweens ass again... Give it up people Christmas is the best Holliday...no one ever got in trouble for wearing a slutty Rudolph costume have they??? Case closed.
Pamela Simone November 18, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Um people, did you ever consider the daughter changed into her costume at school like so many teens do and the father didn't see it? Did you ever consider the cheer teams skirts are just as inappropriate? Also, the district IS NOT denying the conversation took place. The discussion was out of line and the father's actions are too. The district does need to deal with the principal but a dismissal is too extreme.
Macomb Rocker November 18, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Susan, you got a point. The girl did what she did, violated school policies. The dad is making a mountain out of a molehil, and further more the dad is just making himself look like an ass and he's ok to let his daughter dress like a slut. Maybe the girl did make it up. If she did the principal ought to come out and say it.
David Cashman November 19, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Worst. Father. Ever.
Anthony Silvestri November 19, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Unless it's your political propaganda....right?
Anthony Silvestri November 19, 2012 at 12:34 AM
It doesn't happen to me.
Anthony Silvestri November 19, 2012 at 12:38 AM
1.) Thank you for the early morning spell check Mr. Weaver. Sometimes when you write more than (2) sentences that happens....really...again with immidiately. 2.) SInce when is what the Principal said being "taught?" 3.) I'll tell you what should be dealt with "immidiately & swiftly;" your complete lack of knowledge or disregard for "due process." Thankfully, there are people much more qualified than you and oriented in all three psychological spheres to know how this matter should be handled. Who do you think you are...Michelle Bachmann?
Nancy Smith November 19, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I am a wife, mother, and grandmother who lives and works in Shelby Twp. I am a firm believer in fairness and respect for all people whether they hold my religious/political views or not. Your polarizing and judgmental statements are very disturbing and offensive! I will attempt to give you the benefit of the doubt and believe that you are just uninformed and bored.
J November 19, 2012 at 02:29 AM
I feel that her dad was adding fuel to the fire, this girl has been made a laughing stock of her high school, really dad??? She is the one to suffer a lot of mean comments have been made about her by not only students from her school but anyone who has read this news story. I feel sorry for her, but she made a bad decision and she probably made untrue statements about the conversation between her and the principal, not to mention, my child did not wear anything inappropriate for Halloween. Where was dad when she left for school? Why would he allow that if he had respect for women and his daughter? No wonder we have the issues with the youth today!
jholeton jr November 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM
As of today, Governor Snyder has formally begun to restructure our "Progressive" Public School System. Hopefully, certain teachers & principals will be removed from their position for lecturing underaged students on controversial material without the permission of their parents.With any kind of luck they will be "Getting Real" on the unemployment line sometime in the near future!
Macomb Rocker November 20, 2012 at 01:49 AM
John, what if this student made it up to cover her behind, because her clothing wasn't? It sounds like he's a nutcase to deal with. I'd hate to be their neighbors. Sounds like they're wackos and you can see her dad is demonstrating he overreacts, and loves drama. She probably made the story up to not have to deal with good ol' dad.
Susan Q. November 20, 2012 at 03:20 AM
If parents don't teach their daughters how to decently dress themselves, then whose job is it? To me it says they've not been taught self respect. Also that they have to look "sexy" to be attractive. If the Dad thought the costume was ok, why didn't he have his daughter wear it on camera in his FOX 2 interview? I see jr high & high school girls dressed so trashy, on their way to school, I am amazed they can get away with it! Perhaps this was a way to "skirt" the issue of the dress code! The schools have dress codes, even for Halloween costumes. (Elementary school doesn't allow violent or gory costumes). Thank goodness for the Mrs. Jones' that have the moxie to step up & say something to these girls. No one should be taunted for speaking up to advise a 15 year old on how inappropriately she's dressed. Maybe it really does TAKE A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD.
Mike November 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I'm not sure why the Father is so upset with the Principal. Maybe schools have changed from when I was a kid but we were taught Sex-Ed in the 6th grade. In school! I'm sure I saw my first Playboy by junior high. I was not ignorant to porn at her age, I'm sure she is not either. And I agree with Susan. I know my daughter tried to walk out of the house a few times where I had to stop her and tell her to change in to something more sensible. I think this guy is over reacting to his own short comings in the parenting field by trying to pin the problem on the only adult who stepped up to the plate on this issue.
a worker November 28, 2012 at 02:15 AM
WOw.... What a great idea!!! Someone should get a trailer and paint the following words on it ... UTICA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS.... UNFAIR TO LABOR. it's time for a change.... It's time for a recall. The superintendent has over stayed her welcome. Like I said.... It's time for a change.... Before it's too late.
Mike November 29, 2012 at 04:37 AM
A worker.........You're supposed to contribute to the subject listed above. Not your own problems. If you must, find a news story that is talking about your own plight. Get your union behind you and have the Patch write a story about it. Meanwhile, no one here is talking about your issues.


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