MOUNT VERNON, Ohio, June 21 (UPI) — An Ohio school board is firing a science teacher accused of pressing his Christian beliefs on students.
John Freshwater discussed his creationism beliefs, disregarded evolution and failed to follow the standard curriculum while teaching eighth-grade science at Mount Vernon Middle School, board officials said.
An investigation revealed he continued teaching his beliefs even after he was ordered to stop, the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported Saturday.
The investigation found Freshwater said homosexuals are sinners and branded crosses into some students’ arms, the board said. [emphasis added]
Freshwater’s attorney, R. Kelly Hamilton, said his client’s rights to practice religion were infringed and he plans to call for a hearing with the school board to fight the dismissal.
Hamilton said the allegations are “fabrications created by a couple of students … Not a single child has ever been harmed.”
I’m pretty sure ‘Christian Beliefs’ don’t include injuring children. I don’t know what religion this guy is subscribing to but it’s not any form of Christianity I’ve ever seen. Since when does freedom of religion involve branding children? I am stunned that this issue already seems to be about this guy losing his job. Job my ass. He should be in jail.
If you’re told to do something by your boss and you ignore it you should be fired. I’ve fired people for it and I’ve been fired for it. That’s how employment works. I’m amazed the school board allowed him to continue teaching after the first incident.
The parents say that Freshwater used a piece of electrical equipment to etch a cross on their son in December. When they complained, the district responded by telling the teacher not to do anything similar in the future.
Administrators began cracking down on the teacher only after the parents hired a lawyer, the suit says.
So, I guess you can complain but you won’t be taken seriously unless you have enough money to hire a lawyer?
How long are we going to sit by and let lawyers attack our children when something like this happens? Lawdog talks about another lawyer attacking kids here.