A Michigan man who was suspended from a college after writing about his attraction to teachers in a class journal is suing the Detroit-area universit
(Image source: Detroit Free Press / Mandi Wright ) BY LOGAN TITTLE A Michigan man who was suspended from a college after writing about his attraction to teachers in a class journal is suing the Detroit-area university for $2.2 million. Joseph Corlett, 57, was taking a writing class at Oakland University until he submitted a journal in 2011 titled, “Hot for Teacher”—allegedly based off the name of a song by rock band Van Halen. (via WDIV ) In it he compared his female instructor , 49-year-old Pamela Mizelfeld, to Ginger from the 1960’s TV show “Gilligan’s Island” and said he was afraid he would get distracted. He also mentioned another teacher who was pregnant. In one entry , Corlett described his teacher as “tall, blond, stacked, skirt, heels, fingernails, smart, articulate, smile. I am toast but I stay.” The teacher reportedly told school officials about the journal and threatened to leave if Corlett was not ordered to, saying he had also mentioned his support for conceal and carry weapons in previous entries and she was “feeling increasingly uncomfortable and unsafe.” The university later ruled Corlett’s writing violated the school’s intimidation policy and he was suspended for three semesters, banned from campus and required to go through sensitivity training. Now, Corlett is seeking a couple million dollars and four lost credits from the school, claiming his free-speech rights were violated. The Detroit Free Press reports Corlett described his writing as a “whimsical exaggeration” of his attraction toward the teacher—who “assured him no topics were restricted in the … assignment and that she wanted the ‘raw stuff.’” According to Corlett’s lawyer, previous essays he submitted — which he had received A’s for — held the same theme as the journal that got him booted. “I was encouraged all along that I was on the right track and I was only told to stop when I was thrown out of class.” (via ABC ) The case has been taken up by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. So far, no court dates have been announced.