Judge tosses suit filed by SD 227 counselor who wrote sex book
BY CASEY TONER firstname.lastname@example.org February 21, 2013 12:56PM
Former Rich Central girls basketball coach Bryan Craig sits in his attorney's office while talking about his future in Chicago, IL on Monday October 8, 2012. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 21, 2013 7:02PM
A federal judge has tossed out the $1 million lawsuit a former Rich Central High School counselor and basketball coach filed against Rich Township High School District 227 after he was fired for writing a book that contained graphic details on his views about sex.
Bryan Craig was fired in September after a SouthtownStar report on a book he wrote, “It’s Her Fault.” He filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago later that month.
The book included graphic descriptions about his opinions on vaginal differences between women of different races and said, “The easiest kill for a man is through the young lady with low self-esteem.”
In her opinion, Judge Elaine E. Bucklo wrote Tuesday the book is “little more than a lurid account of (Craig’s) own sexual preferences and exploits.
“The first two chapters at least superficially discuss the balance of power between men and women in relationships, but by the third chapter, (Craig’s) narration is focused on his own attraction to women, from ogling a ‘sexy young lady’ at the mall to working after-hours at a strip club, where he has learned that a stripper’s ‘mind-set is in the right place in order to meet the true potential of the point of the book,’ ” Bucklo wrote.
Bucklo compared Craig’s lawsuit to a case in San Diego in which a police officer sued after he was fired for filming a video of himself masturbating and selling it on eBay. The police officer lost the lawsuit.
“(Craig) here has exploited his position as a high school guidance counselor and there is no question that the speech is detrimental to the mission and functions of the employer,’” Bucklo wrote.