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21st-Jun-2008 03:06 pm
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Teacher in trouble for burning crosses on kids

Board votes to fire him, says he was preaching Christianity
In this photo released by the school district in Mount Vernon, Ohio, a student with a branded cross on his arm is shown.
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - A school board in central Ohio voted Friday to move ahead on firing a science teacher accused of preaching his Christian beliefs in class and using a device to burn the image of a cross on students' arms.

The Mount Vernon school board voted 5-0 to pass a resolution of intent to terminate the contract of middle school teacher John Freshwater.

Board attorney David Millstone said Freshwater is entitled to a hearing to challenge the dismissal. A lawyer for Freshwater said he will request such a hearing.

A report by independent investigators found that Freshwater also taught creationism in his science class and was insubordinate in failing to remove a Bible and other religious materials from his classroom.

School board members gathered a day after consulting firm H.R. On Call Inc. released its report. The community is about 40 miles northeast of Columbus.

The report comes one week after a family filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Columbus against Freshwater and the school district, saying Freshwater burned a cross on their child's arm that remained for three or four weeks.

They're family values, friend says

Freshwater's friend Dave Daubenmire defended him.

"With the exception of the cross-burning episode ... I believe John Freshwater is teaching the values of the parents in the Mount Vernon school district," he told The Columbus Dispatch for a story published Friday.

Several students interviewed by investigators described Freshwater, who has been employed by the district for 21 years, as a great guy.

But Lynda Weston, the district's director of teaching and learning, told investigators that she has dealt with complaints about Freshwater for much of her 11-year term at the district, the report said.

Science tool used to make crosses

A former superintendent, Jeff Maley, said he tried to find another position for Freshwater but couldn't because he was certified only in science, the report said.

Freshwater used a science tool known as a high-frequency generator to burn images of a cross on students' arms in December, the report said. Freshwater told investigators he simply was trying to demonstrate the device on several students and described the images as an "X," not a cross. But pictures show a cross, the report said.

Other findings show that Freshwater taught that carbon dating was unreliable to argue against evolution.
21st-Jun-2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
He'll become a hero for the right-wing looney fundy crowd. They love playing the martyr.
21st-Jun-2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Jail the fucker for multiple charges of assault, and shove the King James up his uptight, unlubricated ass.
21st-Jun-2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
C/mon. It was only a cross.
It's not like he made the kid flog the ten commandements into his back.
21st-Jun-2008 09:12 pm (UTC) - wow

Is it me or are the fundalunies getting worser?
Looks like a cross to me.

And even if it was an "x" dude has no business burning anything on a kid's arm.
Let dude go teach in a fundy school or work for the creation society or better yet, go work for the creation society AWAY FROM KIDS. I wouldn't let that bastard near my dog, never mind another class of kids.

"Family values"????wtf

Oh yeah, I'm currently reading Richard Dawkins "The Ancestor's Tale" and finding it to be positively YUMMY.

You rock,
21st-Jun-2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Uhmmmm... NOT fired as soon as the child on whose forearm he burned a cross went home and complained? NO child abuse report filed?

Edited at 2008-06-21 10:37 pm (UTC)
21st-Jun-2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
what the fucking goddamn motherfucking everloving tittyfucking tapdancing FUCK
21st-Jun-2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
btw this is Bubba. for some reason my new ISP doesn't like your journal due to the underscore/hyphen issue. how retarded. i can't login and post to your journal :p
22nd-Jun-2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
I only moved here to Ohio for the cheap housing I swear! Makes me re-think Denver or Seattle... geez. I can't even imagine the kind of insanity I'd indulge in if MY kid came home with that.
22nd-Jun-2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
I wish I could say I was surprised, but having heard DubhKindaAdoptedBigSis and her fucking PromiseKeeper husband talk about how they witness to their kids in their schools, and the views the husband has about Eugenics, etc, I'm just not surprised.
(Dubh..Sis is a special ed teacher. Husband is an assistant principal. And they witness to their students on a regular basis. They are so goddamned lucky I don't live in their state, otherwise I'd make their lives hell with the dept. of Ed.)
And, lucky for me, their entire family, including the brainwashed 17 year old, are coming out here so she can look at universities. Why here? "Because it's so pretty and people are so nice".
Yeah, I damn near choked on that one too.

Edited at 2008-06-22 05:16 pm (UTC)
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