Ohio Teacher Accused Of Preaching Fights For Job

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Mount Vernon, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio teacher accused of burning the image of a cross on students' arms says his boss gave him conflicting guidelines about what kinds of religious expressions were appropriate.

John Freshwater was fired last year at the Mount Vernon Middle School, about 40 miles northeast of Columbus. He testified Thursday during an appeals hearing.

Freshwater said school principal Bill White gave conflicting memos and directives, including whether he could keep a Bible on his desk.

He also said a poster in his classroom that showed the ten commandments came from a stack of identical posters that had been left in the school's administration office.

Freshwater said no one complained until he was he was accused of insubordination.

An internal investigation said Freshwater burned students' arms with an electrostatic device.

Freshwater denies branding anyone.

(Copyright 2009 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by mike Location: athens on Dec 11, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    Crazy Christians. People need to wake up and realize that there is no god of any form. God is a man made idea.
  • by Rational Individual on Dec 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM
    Comments by Upset Christian and Combat Vet are ridiculous. This guy is accused of burning images into students' arms. BURNING IMAGES INTO STUDENTS' ARMS. Do you understand what that means?
  • by Seriously Location: parkersburg on Dec 11, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    Uhm??? Is that correct burning the image of cross on the students arm? I think the religion is the least of the concern here. Weather it be a peace symbol, cross, or sponge bob. Burning any kind of image into the arm of any person is abuse.
  • by Combat Vet Location: Ohio on Dec 11, 2009 at 06:50 AM
    I would not be surprised if the rats from UCLU were involved in this.If the guy were a practicing atheist or muslim,you could bet this would have been swept under the rug!!!
  • by Upset Christian Location: Parkersburg on Dec 11, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    Isn't funny that if a Muslim wanted to leave the Quran (or any other religion) out and someone told them to put it away that person would file a discrimination lawsuit, but if a Christian wants to leave their Bible out they get fired from their job??? Double standard maybe??
  • by Levi Location: Mount Vernon, ohio on Dec 10, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    this story is not entirely correct,Mr Freshwater has not been fired, they are still in the proses he cannot be fired until after the hearing ends and the hearing referee gives his decision to the School Board. I have been in the hearings and have been posting updates at http://creationfacts.synthasite.com/
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