A "Hot for Teacher" lawsuit was filed against a college in Michigan and it has little to do with the popular Van Halen song. According to Fox News on March 15, a student sued Oakland University for banning him for writing an essay based on the lyrics to the popular song.
According to the "Hot for Teacher" lawsuit, 57-year-old Joseph Corlett turned in an assignment calling for students to write "raw things, a personal diary that maybe we wouldn't want anyone to read." Corlett chose a topic that has been a curious taboo for years, a student's infatuation with their teacher.
In the "raw" journal entry, Corlett wrote that one teacher reminded him of Ginger from the popular classic television series "Gilligan's Island" and another was hot, and not just because she was pregnant with a "bun in her oven."
The teacher was offended and showed it to the dean who then expelled Corlett for three terms and had the audacity to order him to seek counseling if he wants to return as a student. The "Hot for Teacher" lawsuit argues that his free speech was infringed upon by the university, especially since he said he asked about the limitations and the teacher said nothing was "out of bounds."
The "Hot for Teacher" lawsuit asks for $2.2 million in damages, mentioning the embarrassment he suffered when police were called to escort him from the campus.
The Van Halen song "Hot for Teacher" was released in 1984 on the band's "1984" album and remains a pop cultural phenomenon, most recently re-introduced to kids through the "Guitar Hero" video games.
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