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.
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.