L.A. School District Suspends Filming After Porn Shoot Discovery
"It is important that we ensure teaching and learning are not disrupted, and that all filming activity is appropriate for our schools," says Los Angeles school district Supt. Ramon C. Cortines.
Lights, camera, and way too much action.
That combination led the Los Angeles Unified School District to temporarily suspend all commercial filming on all campuses Thursday after it was reported that a pornographic film was shot at Alexander Hamilton High School in 2011.
"It is important that we ensure teaching and learning are not disrupted, and that all filming activity is appropriate for our schools," Los Angeles Unified Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said in a statement. "As an organization responsible for educating students, it is essential that we hold ourselves and our schools to a high standard."
Cortines asked the district’s inspector general to examine filming activities at schools and requested staff review current practices in order to update the procedures, if necessary, according to the statement.
A recent NBC4 investigation found that some film shoots disrupted classes and damaged schools. In addition, it was discovered producers paid cash to shoot scenes for the 2012 adult film Revenge of the Petites on Hamilton’s campus and a car wash scene — which included public nudity — in the school's front parking lot.
Filming took place on two consecutive Saturdays in October 2011, according to documents obtained by NBC4.
An unidentified school official told NBC4 that had they known what the subject matter was, they never would have allowed the film to be shot at Hamilton. In addition, School district spokeswoman Shannon Haber said, "We immediately notified the production company that it was banned from ever using district facilities again. We also demanded that the company remove any and all images depicting the school or its students from the film," Haber said, according to NBC4.
It is unclear when the district became aware an adult film had been shot at one of its facilities. A parent complained about the film shoot, NBC4 reported. A request for additional information to the district was not returned.
L.A. Unified made nearly $10 million in the past five years from films being shot at its properties, according Cortines. That money "has enabled our schools to fund programs and much-needed resources to improve the educational experience of their students," he said in an earlier statement to the media.
The film's production company, AMKingdom, did not respond to request for comment.