facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Hearing begins for teacher in Bible row

Oct. 3, 2008 at 1:55 AM   |   Comments

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A hearing began Thursday for a controversial Ohio teacher who could lose his job for bringing his religious beliefs into the classroom.

The dispute began in April when John Freshwater, who has been a middle school science teacher in Mount Vernon since 1987, refused to remove a Bible from his desk. Freshwater is alleged to have used a piece of science equipment to burn a cross on a student's arm, 10TV in Columbus reported.

Reporters were not allowed in the hearing room when Stephen Short, the superintendent of schools in Mount Vernon, gave his reasons for seeking Freshwater's termination.

Freshwater spoke briefly outside, saying that what he wants is his "Bible on my desk and me back teaching eighth graders."

The school board voted in June to dismiss Freshwater, but he challenged the dismissal. He has been suspended without pay.

The hearing was to continue Friday and to resume Oct. 28 if nothing has been decided.

Students have rallied to support Freshwater. But critics say he taught creationism and ignored the curriculum.

© 2008 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Venezuela's Socialist Party unveils new prayer 'Our Chavez who art in heaven' Venezuela's Socialist Party unveils new prayer 'Our Chavez who art in heaven'
2
Taliban fighter who survived 2012 attack sentenced to death Taliban fighter who survived 2012 attack sentenced to death
3
Wisconsin police chief states he thinks marijuana should be legal Wisconsin police chief states he thinks marijuana should be legal
4
Fracking may put drinking water supply at risk for many countries, study finds Fracking may put drinking water supply at risk for many countries, study finds
5
Hurricane Odile now a dangerous category 4 storm Hurricane Odile now a dangerous category 4 storm
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback