Ohio court upholds firing of teacher who brought religion into class

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- An Ohio school district had the right to fire a teacher after he refused to remove religious items from his classroom, the state Supreme Court says.

Suit over burning of student settled

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 29 (UPI) -- An Ohio family claiming a teacher burned a cross on their son's arm and taught Christian doctrine in class says they've settled a suit against the teacher.

Ohio teacher says her Bibles left alone

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio, March 26 (UPI) -- An Ohio teacher says her colleague shouldn't be fired for having a Bible on his desk since she has two on hers.

Hearing begins for teacher in Bible row

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.

Teacher accused of branding student

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The school board in Mount Vernon, Ohio, must decide this month whether to fire a teacher accused of branding the shape of a cross onto a student's forearm.

Teacher to be fired for pressing beliefs

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio, June 21 (UPI) -- An Ohio school board is firing a science teacher accused of pressing his Christian beliefs on students.

Parents say teacher branded cross on son

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 20 (UPI) -- An Ohio couple says that a science teacher brought his religious beliefs into the classroom to the point of branding a cross on their son's arm.

John Freshwater (born June 22, 1956) is a science teacher at Mount Vernon Middle School in Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA. He is currently suspended without pay pending the outcome of his challenge to the school board's decision to dismiss him on the grounds of his conduct and teaching materials. His dismissal involves a debate on creation and evolution in public education, and his use of a tesla coil to mark students' arms, which parents of the students have alleged is symbolic of Christianity.

Freshwater has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Ohio University and an Associate's Degree in Recreation and Wildlife from Hocking College. He is married and has three children.

In April 2008, Freshwater publicly claimed he was told by school adminstration to remove a Bible off his desk, but refused. On April 18, 2008, some students held a rally in support of Freshwater refusing. However in response, the school released a statement the following week, in part, "The allegations against Mr. Freshwater are very serious. This is not about his personal Bible on his desktop. It is about the totality of his conduct." He was under investigation for preaching his religion to his students, teaching creationism, encouraging prayer and branding students with a Christian cross from machine used to show characteristics of gases.

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