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'Sex' Book Author Sues for $1 Million After District 227 Fires Him

Bryan Craig says his controversial book was not a part of his work responsibilities and should not have gotten him fired.

Former Rich Central High School guidance counselor and girls' basketball coach Bryan Craig is filing a major lawsuit against School District 227 after its board of education fired him.

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Bryan Craig is seeking $1 million in damages, saying he suffer injuries after being put on leave and terminated Sun-Times Media reports.

The book, which included lines like "the easiest kill for a man is through the young lady with low self-esteem,” was considered offensive by the district. 

Craig also describes the ethnic variations in women's genitalia and recommends that all men and women should be promiscuous before marriage, offering guidance to women on why they should take multiple lovers and how they should perform oral sex.

The federal complaint names school board president Betty Owens, District 227 and Supt. Donna Leak, according to the Chicago Tribune. Craig's lawsuit says his termination violated the First Amendment, adding that the former educator's firing caused him $1 million worth of humiliation, mental anguish and emotional distress. Craig also revisits an argument presented by some Patch readers, saying the book was not a part of his work responsibilities and should not be connected to his job performance.

The matter has attracted national media attention, including an interview with CNN's Don Lemon. Craig had been a tenured faculty member, hired by the district in 2004.

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Tony Moriarty September 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM
So, the questions remain; how did he get hired? What were the problems he has had? Did they warrant dismissal?
J Wesley September 25, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I don't know what's more disturbing, him writing the book or him now trying to justify writing the book. Like someone told me, "just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean that you SHOULD do something. As a person who works in education, this is something you shouldn't do, regardless of your "rights". When you work in certain professionals, you're held to a higher standard, whether you like it or not. i.e.-athletes, clergy, educators.
Michael Nardoni September 25, 2012 at 02:08 PM
He worked as guidance counselor and girls' basketball coach in a high school. The book he wrote is not approriate for a man in his position, Dealing with minors and especially female minors. If he was employed with a college/university thats different, Not a high school. If you are a father or mother and you found out your daughters coach wrote an explicit book about being promiscuous and it promotes the activity instead of talk against you would be pissed and or concerned as well. I cannot see any jury whom are parents awarding this guy a dime.
SharonC September 25, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Tho i agree with all the above comments...unless this guy used anyone from the school in the book personally...or it was in his contract...he will sue and get money i believe...its unfortunet...but the way are crazy laws are...i see him getting somthing...HE DEF SHOULDNT...just as any career...if you see your dr out on the town one evening...getting drunk and having a good time at a strip club..male or female dr....but dosent involve you etc...does that mean he or she will loose thier license? no they wont...i'll even go as far as to say a gynocologist...no they wouldnt loose thier license...bottom line it all goes back to morals and respect...what was this idiot thinking..or what tramatic experience has he went through? obvioulsy somthing? but that dosent mean he should of wrote this book in the career position he chose...its a shame...smh
Beverly G September 25, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Perhaps he should have used an alias name for his book if he felt it was so important to write that useless book versus writing a book that may have helped students or perhaps a sports related book. Unfortunately there are certain professions held to a higher standard. The title alone of that book is disturbing knowing he is around female students/athletes. As a parent of daughters I would not feel comfortable one bit.
Michael Wright September 25, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Kudos to both comments from J Wesley and Michael Nardoni. Yes, there is our Constitutional right of Free Speech, but COMMON SENSE has to enter the picture at some point. As a parent of middle-school and high school aged children (2 girls and 1 boy) I don't know of any parent who will tolerate the idiocy of such thinking and actions when it comes to protecting their children's safety. There are too many people from all walks of life in positions of authority who abuse that "power" for their own personal pleasures and/or gains. This deluded soul should be embarrassed and needs to step back quietly and go away. If you want to be a writer with free speech, then stop choosing to work in the public sector, getting paid on tax-payers dimes, teaching/coaching around young girls. Shame, Shame...we KNOW YOUR NAME!
Mahdee September 25, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I was told that you can buy the book on kindle for $3.03. And I was told that the book wasn't that bad. As it not a book for kids or minors. I was also told that it is similar to Steve Harvey's book only not blaming women for everything. As many dumb women are out here without any male friends or family to guide them they may need to read it. So I’m sure that most of those making remarks have not read the book, which takes maybe 1 hour. Now; he has a very good case and what he does in his life outside of his work at the school is not an issues. And some need to stop looking at teacher to raise their children and I hope he takes them to the bank…
Mahdee September 25, 2012 at 06:19 PM
And I find it a joke that some parents want to point finger and talk about how and what he does effects his students; I walk into some of these school now days and see what these young people come to school in and how they are so free to have open gay dating and I just laugh at some of these remarks. I wonder where is and was all the finger pointing when these students left the house looking like they are going to the night club. I don’t give a care what my child teacher does when they are not in the class; as it their job to teach for that 45 or 55 min and it’s my job to teach them about life.
Sucram October 10, 2012 at 03:06 AM
This guy is being used as a scape goat for bigger political plans of "top personnel" at SD 227. There is now a second investigation into a 2nd teacher at Rich East High School as well in regards to inappropriate conduct with a former student. It's funny to me how the top people (Owens and Simpson-Leak) at the SD speak on their own SD's matters publicly through guest writing in personal opinion columns before investigations are completed... Who defames their "own" before the facts are presented before their own board. Sounds like they're trying to gain personal notoriety more so than focusing on the facts. I bet if you checked in with one of their past employers dating back to the start of their educational careers they would definitely have some suspect blemishes on their record (check Freedom to Act). Don't throw stones when you live in a glass house!

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