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Published: Mar 17, 2013
'Hot for Teacher' lawsuit [VIDEO] filed against a college in Michigan
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'Hot for Teacher' lawsuit [VIDEO] filed against a college in Michigan. 'Hot for Teacher' lawsuit was filed against a college in Michigan and doesn't really have much to do with the popular Van Halen song.

According to Fox News on March 15, a student is suing Oakland University for more than $2.2 million for  banning him for writing an essay based on the lyrics to the popular song.

57-year-old Joseph Corlett claims the school violated his rights to free speech and freedom of expression.

Corlett, 57, now lives in Sarasota, Fla., after moving from Orion Township. He filed the "Hot for Teacher" lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit against Oakland University's Board of Trustees, President Gary Russi and Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Mary Beth Snyder.

Corlett says he was unfairly kicked out of school after penning the essay in September 2011 while enrolled in English 380: Advanced Critical Writing, taught by Pamela Mitzelfeld. He says the essay, named after the 1984 Van Halen song that glamorizes a student's lust for his teacher, was a "whimsical exaggeration" of his attraction toward Mitzelfeld.

"Are you kidding me?" he wrote in cursive in the composition entry submitted with the lawsuit. "I should drop right now. 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."

In the "raw" journal entry, Corlett also writes 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."

A 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 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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