April 17, 2014

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School board in Ohio fires teacher in crosses case

MOUNT VERNON — An Ohio science teacher accused of burning the image of a cross on students’ arms has officially been fired.

The Mount Vernon school board voted 4-1 Monday night to accept a state hearing officer’s recommendation to terminate John Freshwater. The Columbus Dispatch reported the firing took effect a few hours later, at midnight.

Freshwater had appealed his earlier firing by the board. An internal investigation found he had preached Christian beliefs in class. He also was accused of using a scientific device to mark several students with a cross and of keeping a Bible on his desk.

The hearing officer’s report issued Friday said Freshwater sowed doubt and confusion in the minds of impressionable students.

Freshwater has not responded to messages for comment.

  • 101harris

    >>> keeping a Bible on his desk.

    Really – this point is noted? We fire people for keeping a Bible on their desks? Maybe he read it at lunch? Just reading today’s news/headlines makes me think a few more people should keep a Bible on their desk.

  • dkovacs

    DIid you miss this part 101? “He also was accused of using a scientific device to mark several students with a cross” ….seriously???

  • 101harris

    Dkovacs, I did read that & I agree that he should be fired for that – at a minimum – perhaps criminally charged also…I just found it striking that after such a severe charge they would also note that he kept a Bible on his desk.