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Robert Marucci. Photo: WKMG screenshot Robert Marucci. Photo: WKMG screenshot  

Is working as a gay porn star sufficient for school suspension these days?

The nation is breathing a heavy sigh of relief today after school officials in Brevard County, Fla. indicated that they are allowing Cocoa High School student Robert Marucci to return to class.

Marucci had previously been suspended for 10 days just because he starred in gay porn movies, reports local CBS affiliate WKMG.

The 18-year-old senior had appeared in porn flicks and still images on Seancody.com, a gay porn website featuring lots of buff gay dudes doing buff gay things.

Marucci dropped the pedestrian name Robert and went by the much buffer name “Noel.” He posed naked. He had sex with other men. In an about-me segment on the porn site, he discussed the joys of surfing.

On Tuesday, school district officials concluded that it was wrong to suspend Marucci. They declared a pending investigation over and cleared the senior to return to school today.

Students at Cocoa High had discovered Marucci’s photos and videos a few weeks ago. A viral sensation ensued on campus by way of images passed on cell phones.

A disciplinary referral obtained by the Daily Mail shows that Marucci was cited for causing a “major campus disruption.”

School officials say they suspended Marucci because he made threats (up to and including threatening to bring a weapon to school) in response to other students who were taunting him about his newfound porn stardom.

Marucci’s mother, Melyssa Lieb, vehemently disputes this characterization and says the principal suspended Marucci only for his unusual employment choices.

“She flat out told me that my son was expelled not just suspended, he was expelled due to his explicit, adult, lifestyle career,” Lieb told WKMG.

Marucci and Lieb have also insisted that the surfing senior had made porn for a good cause: helping the family with its troubled finances.

Marucci expressed pride in his work and also observed that his gay porn work is legal.

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