Fired counselor who wrote sex book: ‘I’m a good guy’
BY CASEY TONER firstname.lastname@example.org October 9, 2012 1:53AM
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: November 10, 2012 6:26AM
The former Rich Central High School guidance counselor and girls varsity basketball coach who was fired after writing a sexually explicit self-help book says he is the victim of an injustice.
Bryan Craig said 99 percent of those who know him would classify him as a good guy, that he had to be treated for depression after being fired, that his book was not meant to degrade women, and that he is considering becoming a psychologist.
Craig, sitting with his attorney, made the assertions Monday during an interview with the SouthtownStar.
Craig, who was fired Sept. 18 for writing the book “It’s Her Fault,” is suing Rich Township High School District 227 for $1 million in federal court, claiming his First Amendment rights were violated.
The lawsuit asks a jury to award Craig money for attorney fees and to “compensate him for the injuries he suffered.” Craig, 33, also is appealing his firing before the Illinois Educational Labor Relations board.
“I never thought, and I still don’t think, I did anything wrong,” Craig said. “I was concerned how people who don’t know me would look at me, but I wouldn’t say I was scared.”
The book’s aim, Craig said, is to “empower women” and let them know how men think so they can get the upper hand in their relationships with men. He started writing the book at the beginning of the year, working on it at home and while traveling, and he self-published it in July.
“I wanted adults to read it because I’ve seen countless examples of how relationships go wrong,” Craig said.
Although Craig said his authoring the book was separate from his work at the school, he admitted he sold the book to some teachers while on school property. But he expected fewer than 100 people to read it. He doesn’t know how many copies have sold because the self-publishing company only reports book sales to him every three months.
The book includes 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.”
Craig said the vaginal descriptions were not from his own experience but were things men and women told him during his life. The descriptions were part of a chapter about cheating, variety and “how men think.”
“Biology is biology,” Craig said. “This is more biology than sexuality. It’s part humor and not meant to degrade women.”
When he did not resign, the District 227 board fired Craig, who had been with the district since 2004 and was tenured.
“I was upset that they didn’t consider the hundreds of students I helped that went to college, the hundreds of students I’ve helped through grief and anxiety, the thousands of students and parents I’ve had positive interactions with,” Craig said. “It appeared they judged everything based on the book, and I have my First Amendment rights to write the book.”
Craig insisted the book — and not the whole of his disciplinary record — was the reason he was fired.
“I’m a good guy,” Craig said. “Ninety-nine percent of the people who know me will tell me that I’m a good guy.”