-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger
We have previously discussed John Freshwater, a controversial teacher in Mount Vernon, Ohio, who used a Tesla coil to brand crosses into the arm of a 7th grade student, here and updated his story, here.
The Mount Vernon School Board has voted, 4 to 1, to fire middle school science teacher John Freshwater.
After a hearing that lasted two years, a state-appointed referee addressed four grounds:
- Using the tesla coil to mark the shape of a cross on students’ arms.
- Failure to adhere to the established curriculum.
- Participation in (rather than passive monitoring of) Fellowship of Christian Athletes activities.
- Disobedience of Orders (insubordination).
Mount Vernon taxpayers will have to spend over $900,000 on this proceeding. The board must pay $813,628 to the school’s attorney, David Millstone, a Cleveland lawyer with Squires Sanders and Dempsey who specializes in employment law.
It is unknown if Freshwater will appeal.