An essay entitled ‘Hot For Teacher’ causes a stir at Oakland University after the student gets suspended. The essay was written by Joseph Corlett and inspired by the Van Halen song from 1984.
Corlett, 57, was booted out of the University and told not to return. He’s now suing. He wants $2.2 million.
Corlett, who now lives in Florida, has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Detroit.
It all started when Corlett was taking the class English 380: Advanced Critical Writing. His teacher was Pamela Mitzelfeld, who is short, height/weight proportionate and brunette. But Corlett, for whatever reason, involved her in the essay.
Corlett, a home builder who enrolled in college because of the weak economy, said he was an A-student in the writing class in Rochester until he submitted the journal.
Corlett compared his female instructor to Ginger, a sultry movie starlet character on the 1960s TV show “Gilligan’s Island.” He feared being distracted and said, “I’ll never learn a thing.” He said another teacher who was pregnant was “hot, and not just from baking the bun in her oven.”
The teacher informed an Oakland dean after reading the journal for the first time. Officials said Corlett’s writings violated a policy against intimidation or harassment and last year barred him for three terms, through winter 2013. The university said he must undergo counseling if he wants to return as a student.
“When you get past the titillation, you’ve got to look into what’s really going on here,” Corlett said. “It’s academic freedom or no academic freedom. We’re all collectively dumbed when speech is suppressed or challenged.”
And he might have a point, after all, it is a lot of money to go to college.
As for the counseling, Corlett has other plans that amount of $2.2 million in an unforgettable essay about hot teachers.