Robert Marucci, gay porn star, high school suspension reversed: teen bullied for X-rated 'Sean Cody' flicks, Facebook support and student protests go viral [PHOTOS]

By Danica Bellini, Mstars News Associate Editor | Jan 22, 2014 01:50 PM EST
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Robert Marucci.
(Photo : Facebook) Robert Marucci.

Robert Marucci - an 18-year-old student from Cocoa High School in Brevard County, Florida - turned to the adult film industry in order to help his mother pay the bills. The high school senior stars in a slew of gay porn flicks - and when fellow students eventually found out, they started bullying him. School administrators allegedly suspended Marucci for "causing a campus disturbance." The situation soon went viral in support of Marucci, causing the educational institution to ultimately reverse his suspension.

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Marucci appears in several gay XXX movies featured on the popular website Sean Cody. According to Reddit, when Marucci's peers found out about his unconventional after-school job about two weeks ago, they started bullying him. The school ultimately suspended Marucci because he was a "major disruption," meaning he'd be unable to graduate because of an automatic "failure from absences" (via the Daily Mail).

Exposed: Robert's role in adult films came to light when other students spotted him in porn movies 

This move sparked public (and cyber) outrage. Fellow Marucci supporters rallied in protests around campus, and a support group was even founded on Facebook.

Following an investigation, school administrators eventually decided Marucci could return to class (after a 10-day suspension). Officials still won't give an exact reason for the suspension, simply citing privacy laws.

"It's easy to become emotional about a situation when it looks like a student is being targeted for his lifestyle choices, that is not the case here," school district spokeswoman Michelle Irwin recently told reporters. "We will continue to work with the student and his family to make sure he graduates and moves on with his education."

But Marucci's mother Melyssa Lieb is still heated, and fully stands behind her son:

"She [Dr. Sullivan] flat out told me that my son was expelled not just suspended... He was expelled due to his explicit, adult, lifestyle career."

Marucci believe he's done nothing wrong - he's legally of-age, and was just helping out his family.

"I feel like I have been treated unfairly and this is unjust," Marucci said. "This was completely legal. I didn't break any laws, and this took place out of the school."

Backing: A protest by fellow students was held after Robert was suspended from class 

His mom added, "I don't think that this is anybody's business except for my son."

Do Mstars readers agree with the school's suspension reversal, or should it not have even been an issue in the first place?


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