Loading...
Celebrities

Sasha Grey Reads to Compton Kids; Failing School District Embarrasses Itself Again

Comments (0)

By

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 10:30 AM
click to enlarge Clearly, Sasha Grey did not read to first-graders. - TMZ
  • TMZ
  • Clearly, Sasha Grey did not read to first-graders.

Updated at the bottom: Grey refuses to stop reading to schoolchildren. District still silent.

Yeah, so former L.A. porn star Sasha Grey is not the first person we'd pick to read children's books to our first graders.

But she's been out of porn for a couple years now, and in the new TMZ photos of Grey allegedly reading aloud at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, she looks peppy and professional, and the kids are almost as stoked as she is.

The real point of shame, here, is Compton Unified School District's hilarious denial of a well-documented event:

A rep for the school district is flatly denying Sasha was ever inside one of its classrooms -- telling TMZ, "We have several celebrities who read to our students each year. The actress you have indicated [Sasha] was not present."

Unless Grey was on some real good peyote last week, her Twitter trail is a pretty reliable indication otherwise.

click to enlarge sashagrey.jpg

There are some things that don't add up: Normally, "Read Across America" is celebrated on March 2, for Dr. Seuss' birthday. (Compton Unified has hosted more Rated-G stars like the "So Raven" girl and SpongeBob voice actors in the past.) Not only would this guest appearance have been eight months late, but it appears the children chose some book about dogs with huge noses over "Red Fish, Blue Fish" (see photo, below). Total diss on Dr. Seuss, right?

click to enlarge TMZ
  • TMZ

Still, for whatever reason, it seems damn clear Grey was in the classroom she claims she was in November 2. Emerson Elementary isn't picking up the office phone today, and numerous officials at CUSD have yet to call us back.

Reminds us a little of their shuttered denial (and subsequent silence) after blocking parents' attempts to pull McKinley Elementary out of its academic rut back in 2010 and early 2011. You'd think one of the worst districts in California, where less than half of students graduate, would be a bit more open to suggestion.

For what it's worth, parents have noted Emerson's "watered down curriculum" and teachers that "need teaching" on one Internet forum.

Can't wait to see administrators wiggle their way out of this one.

Update: Here's Grey's response in full, very much confirming the fact that she read to kids at Emerson Elementary on November 2. No word either way from district officials, who will probably use Veteran's Day and the coming weekend as an excuse to forever avoid comment on their botched coverup.

"I am proud to have participated in the "Read Across America" program at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, CA. I read "Dog Breath" by Dav Pilkey to the sweetest 1st and 3rd grade children.

"Read Across America" is a program that was designed to promote literacy and instill a lifelong love of reading in elementary school students. Promoting education is an effort that is close to my heart. Illiteracy contributes to poverty; encouraging children to pick up a book is fundamental.

I believe education is a universal right. I committed to this program with the understanding that people would have their own opinions about what I have done, who I am and what I represent.

I am an actor. I am an artist. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a partner. I have a past that some people may not agree with, but it does not define who I am.

I will not live in fear of it. To challenge non-profit education programs is an exercise in futility, counter-productive and anti-educational.

I cannot thank my fans and 'Read Across America' enough for supporting my decision. Your support and kind words continue to inspire me. I believe in the future of our children, and I will remain an active supporter and participant in education-focused initiatives."

[@simone_electra/swilson@laweekly.com]

Related Content

Now Trending

Los Angeles Concert Tickets

Slideshows

  • 21st Annual Classic Cars "Cruise Night" in Glendale
    On Saturday, spectators of all ages were out in multitudes on a beautiful summer night in Glendale to celebrate the 21st annual Cruise Night. Brand Boulevard, one of the main streets through downtown Glendale, was closed to traffic and lined with over 250 classic, pre-1979 cars. There was plenty of food to be had and many of the businesses on Brand stayed open late for the festivities The evening ended with fireworks and a 50th anniversary concert from The Kingsmen, who performed their ultimate party hit, "Louie, Louie." All photos by Jared Cowan.
  • The World Cup Celebrated And Mourned By Angelenos
    The World Cup has taken Los Angeles by storm. With viewings beginning at 9 a.m., soccer fans have congregated at some of the best bars in the city including The Village Idiot, Goal, The Parlour on Melrose, Big Wang's and more. Whether they're cheering for their native country, favorite players or mourning the USA's loss, Angelenos have paid close attention to the Cup, showing that soccer is becoming more than a fad. All photos by Daniel Kohn.
  • La Brea Tar Pits "Pit 91" Re-Opening
    Starting June 28th, The Page Museum once again proudly unveils the museum's Observation Pit, which originally opened in 1952 but has spent most of the last half century closed. Now visitors can get an up-close look at Pit 91, which is currently under excavation. The La Brea Tar Pits, home of the Page Museum, is one of the world's most famous ice age fossil locations, known for range of fossils from saber-toothed cats and mammoths to microscopic plants, seeds and insects. The new "Excavator Tour" is free with museum admission if purchased online at tarpits.org . All photos by Nanette Gonzales.