COLUMBUS, Ohio - The school board of a small central Ohio community voted unanimously Friday to fire a teacher accused of preaching his Christian beliefs despite staff complaints and using a device to burn the image of a cross on students' arms.
School board members voted 5-0 to fire Mount Vernon Middle School science teacher John Freshwater. Board attorney David Millstone said Freshwater is entitled to a hearing to challenge the dismissal.
The report came a week after a family filed a lawsuit in Columbus against Freshwater and the school district, saying Freshwater burned a cross on a child's arm that remained for three or four weeks.in
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 Read on...," he told The Columbus Dispatch for a story published Friday.
Get this man to Jesus Camp, STAT! Freshwater says it was an "X" not a cross, but that sure looks like a cross to me. Kudos to the district for handing this guy his walking papers. It's one less extremist preaching faux science to children.