An Oakland University student who was kicked out of collage after penning an essay entitled "Hot For Teacher" has filed a $2.2 million lawsuit according to Yahoo News reports on Sunday, March 17.
57-year-old Joseph Corlett, filed a lawsuit on Friday, March 15 in the U.S. District Court in Detroit. Corlett, who works as a builder in Florida is the name of the student responsible for writing the infamous "Hot For Teacher" essay.
Corlett alleges that his First Amendment right to freedom of expression was violated by the university. He is also claiming that he has suffered severe mental anguish and humiliation since he was kicked out of school.
Joseph Corlett states that when he wrote the essay, he was majoring in writing, rhetoric, and working toward a bachelor’s degree. The class at issue was English 380: Advanced Critical Writing, and his instructors' name was Pamela Mitzefeld.
The "Hot For Teacher" essay, was said to have been penned in honor of the 1984 Van Halen hit by the same name, and subject matter.The essay reveals that Joseph Corlett was very sexually attracted to his teacher, and put his desires all down in words for a class assignment.
“There is no way I’ll concentrate in class especially with that sexy little mole on her upper lip beckoning with every accented word,” and that smile,” he wrote.
“I’ve had a few worries lately, the first that Lynn Anne, my wife, would read this. But now I don’t care. I suppose my fear is a good sign that I’m writing honestly,” he also wrote in his "Hot For Teacher" essay.
The essay also reveals that the student also compared his teacher to "Gilligan's Island" character movie star Ginger Grant.
Several journal pages were attached to Corlett’s lawsuit, including lawsuit documents claim that Pamela Mitzelfeld promised her students could write about anything. She hoped to get “the raw stuff,” says the suit.
Corlett’s attorney, Alari Adams described the essay as “a whimsical exaggeration of his attraction” to his instructor, notes the Sun-Times.
In the end, he just ended up getting suspended from school for completing a homework assignment."
University officials don't appear to have the same easy-come easy go attitude about the "Hot For Teacher" essay. Corlett reveals that campus police escorted him out of class and off campus just days after he turned in his too hot for collage , "Hot For Teacher," essay.
"Hot For Teacher" is best known as the sexually suggestive 1984 Van Halen hit song that depicts a young teenager's lust for his school teacher.
Musically "Hot For Teacher" is known for its long opening drum solo, near motorcycle-like drum fills, and its music video featuring the band as both adults and young students in a high school.
The Parents Music Resource Center protested it, calling for it to be pulled from both the radio and television, due to the song's sexually suggestive lyrics referring to sex with a teacher, and a female teacher stripping in the video, among other issues.
In 2009 it was named the 36th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.
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