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District Can Fire Counselor For Writing Advice Book

By Mark Walsh — December 11, 2013 1 min read

A federal appeals court last week upheld the dismissal of a high school guidance counselor over his self-publication of a purported relationship-advice book for women that contains sexually frank passages and indications that the counselor had a “tendency to objectify” women.

Bryan Craig, a tenured guidance counselor and girls’ basketball coach at Rich Central High School in the Chicago suburb of Olympia Fields, last year self-published a book titled It’s Her Fault, which references his employment as a school counselor throughout. Fired, he sued, citing his right to free speech.

In its decision, the three-judge panel unanimously ruled against the counselor, saying the district’s interests in restricting his speech outweighed his free-speech interests.

A version of this article appeared in the December 11, 2013 edition of Education Week as District Can Fire Counselor For Writing Advice Book

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