Friday, July 26, 2013
Adult student censured for being 'Hot for teacher'
A university student suspended for writing an essay called "Hot for Teacher" has no First Amendment right to express his sexual attraction to his instructor, a judge said.
Joseph Corlett's lawsuit was dismissed by US District Judge Patrick Duggan, who ruled in favour of Oakland University in suburban Detroit.
When Corlett referred to his teacher as "'stacked' and graphically compared her to a sitcom character he fetishised in a writing assignment, he brought a pig into the parlor," Judge Duggan said.
"Such expressions, while possibly appropriate in some settings, need not be tolerated by university officials," the Judge said.
Corlett, 57, was suspended in 2012 after writing about his writing instructor. He compared her to the sexy starlet Ginger from the 1960s TV series, Gilligan's Island and described her as "tall, blonde, stacked," among other things.
"Kee-Rist, I'll never learn a thing. … I'll search for something unattractive about her. No luck yet," Corlett wrote.
He titled his essay Hot for Teacher, the name of a Van Halen song. Corlett said students in the English 380 class were told to write honestly and that no topic was off limits.
I think the judge in the matter pulled his verdict out of his ass. Where in the 1st amendment did he find that the student had "no right to express his sexual attraction"?