Valerie Dodds v. Catholic School: A Tragically Bare Story

I’m sure that when Valerie Dodds’ parents told her she could be anything she wanted to be at a young age, they probably didn’t think “porn star” would be on her list. But, alas – it was. And Valerie Dodds is so determined to be a porn star, that she’s doing everything it takes to get her name out there.

Dodds had once attended a Catholic school in Nebraska called St. Pius X before transferring over to Lincoln East High School, where she graduated. However, her old classmates still remembered her fondly. After deciding to take a few X-rated photos of herself, her Pius X classmates began to gossip a bit about Valerie’s scandalous life change. Instead of being a deterrent, Valerie (or as she’s amateur-professionally known, “Val Midwest”) saw it as a challenge.

“All of the Pius kids were saying mean things and that’s when I decided to go there and show them that I’m here to stay,” she said.

And show them she did. Trespassing on Pius grounds, Valerie took a series of nude photographs and a video over Mother’s Day Weekend (best gift a Mother could ask for?) which gained her some notoriety in the form of a ticket for “trespassing and public nudity”. Of note: The album of pictures was called PiusXXX.

Valerie still didn’t let this get her down. She responded by visiting again, in daylight, wearing only pasties and panties. Not law breaking, but still kind of indecent. (To me, at least.) But hey – to each their own.

Part of me thinks this girl is brave for pursuing her dream regardless of the aftermath – as everyone has different dreams – but the other part of me feels sorry and a little embarrassed for her. Judging by her Facebook page (as her twitter had too many profanities to screencap) it looks like she’s happy about all of the news attention she’s getting.

Let me state here that she decided to film the videos of her being super disrespectful on school property out of “revenge”. That’s the equivalent of someone saying something mean to me, and me high-fiving my neighborhood about lighting their lawn on fire. In fact, the best revenge Valerie could have had was to maintain a successful career without saying one word to her Catholic peers.

Dodds apparently transferred for the final semester of her senior year, which means she only knew her new graduating classmates for a solid semester. Was she possibly bullied, and this was a way to gain confidence? Hopefully she doesn’t think her body is the only thing worthy about her, because even without ever talking to this girl, I can tell you that can’t be true.

“Everyone at my high school had something rude to say to me when I started my website, so this is my tribute to all of you,” Dodds wrote on her website. In shooting the video, she’s just showing her age – she doesn’t understand the moral wrongness of what she’s doing, especially since she’s only doing it to one-up some kids she’ll never see again. In fact, who cares what some kids from a school you transferred out of think of you? And when they see what you’ve done, do you think their opinion of you will change much? With your peers having a strong religious background, a porn video shot at their old high school won’t make them bow down to you as a hero.

Friends on Valerie’s Facebook page have expressed concern for her career path, with a few hints that her family isn’t on board with her personal decisions. In April, she posted a status stating that after spending time with her family, she realized her decision to go into porn was hurting them too much to continue. Numerous people applauded her decision, until they realized that it was April First.

Upon the reveal that her webpage will make her rich, and she’d never quit, she even went so far to call her concerned friends “stupid mother f**kers”. In return, she received comments like this:

So, while Valerie seems to have gotten the media attention she craved, she sure dragged down a lot of people to get there. While there haven’t been any statements from her family, St. Pius X’s Monsignor Perkinton said, “More important to us… is that we constantly follow our school’s motto: To Restore All Things in Christ… To that end, we are praying for the young lady and her family, and we stand ready to offer forgiveness and support should she seek it.”

What do you think about Valerie Dodds? Do you think her decisions were courageous, or foolish? Do you think her newfound fame will be fleeting, or here to stay?

Image Credits: Facebook (screencapped by me), (featured)