A former Oakland University student is suing a Michigan school for $2 million after he was suspended for turning in a sexually suggestive essay to his English teacher.
The Detroit News reported that Joseph Corlette, 57, described his English teacher, Pamela Mitzelfeld, in a 2011 essay as “tall, blond, stacked, skirt, heels, fingernails, smart, articulate, smile. I am toast but I stay.”
The essay was entitled “Hot for Teacher,” after the 1984 Van Halen hit.
The paper reported that Corlette is now living in Sarasota, Fla., with his wife of 31 years. He said he believes the school violated his free speech.
“I can’t, as an American in good conscience, stand by while such outrageous and egregious violations of civil rights transpire in higher education. I couldn’t sleep at night,” Corlette said.
The school suspended Corlette for three semesters and required him to attend sensitivity training.
Read more: The Detroit News.