Rich Township H.S. fires counselor who authored racy book
BY CASEY TONER Sun-Times Media firstname.lastname@example.org September 18, 2012 7:19PM
Updated: October 20, 2012 6:26AM
The Rich Township High School counselor and former varsity girls basketball coach who authored a racy and sexually explicit self-help book was fired Tuesday evening by the school board.
Bryan Craig, a faculty member since 2004, was dismissed by a unanimous 6-0 vote at a special meeting at Rich South High School in Richton Park.
Board member Alyssa Hernadez was absent.
“Mr. Craig’s conduct in this matter fell far short of our expectations and evoked outrage from me, members of this board and many others in our district who have come to expect the highest level of professionalism and sound judgment from the people they entrust with their children each day,” Board President Betty Owens said. “Our actions tonight bring a swift conclusion to this matter and to Mr. Craig’s employment with the district and allow us to return to our priorities of preparing District 227 students for success in school and in life.”
Craig last month was suspended as a counselor at Rich Central High School and resigned as girls varsity basketball coach after a Sun-Times Media report on a book he wrote, It’s Her Fault, which contains his controversial and often crude views on women and sex.
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.”
Supt. Donna Simpson Leak said she knew about the book for about a week before Craig was suspended. She initially said Craig “has his constitutional right to free speech.”
Craig, 33, of Matteson, has not been allowed on District 227 property in the interim, according to district officials.
At a Sept. 4 meeting, the board postponed a decision on Craig’s future pending an investigation by the district’s law firm and a hearing for Craig, who is tenured.
Officials said Craig had a hearing Monday during which he was given a list of charges and an explanation of the evidence against him, and he was given the opportunity to explain himself.
Craig was not immediately available for comment.
Craig also faced controversy as a coach when the IHSA ruled in February that Rich Central had to forfeit 16 regular-season games for allowing an ineligible transfer student to play.