NEXT HEARING DATES
According to the SupportFreshwater.com website Mr. Freshwater’s hearing will pick up again on Tuesday January 6. Hearing dates that have been set for January 2008: 6-9th and 14-16. Most, if not all, of the time taken during these dates will be for testimony. Additional dates are possible.
TYPICAL NEWS ACCOUNT
In year-end recaps of top newsworthy stories of 2008, the story of John Freshwater is included in many of them. Here is how Patti Wigington of About.com summarized the John Freshwater story in her year-end review of Schools and Religion on her Patti's Paganism / Wicca Blog.
“In Ohio, the case of John Freshwater made lots of news. You may remember Freshwater - he's the teacher who was told not to bring his Bible to class. Students then supported him by bringing their own Bibles in. The whole situation created a battleground, pitting neighbor against neighbor, and parents were concerned about the divisive learning environment. Later, Freshwater was fired after he "branded" students with a high-frequency generator.”
THE REAL FRESHWATER STORY
You didn’t quite get the story accurate, Patti. I have followed this case and have written extensively on it.
First, the popular, award-winning middle school science teacher was told to remove posters including one with a inspirational posture of Colin Powell with a Bible verse and other “objectionable” postings in his classroom. He complied. However, when his new principal told him to remove his personal Bible from the top of his classroom desk (where he had kept it for 20 years), and hide it in his desk drawer, he refused.
This precipitated the school administration and school board to trump up additional charges in order to justify his eventual termination.
Second, the school board authorized a supposedly independent investigator to look into this case and make a recommendation. Among the things that were investigated was the complaint of the disgruntled parents of a young man who allegedly was harmed by a Tesla coil experiment, which Mr. Freshwater and other teachers routinely conducted as a science experiment. These parents sued the school board and Mr. Freshwater. Subsequently, Freshwater filed a counter suit against these parents. Those cases are working their way through the court system.
Third, in addition to the hiring of an investigating agency, the school and school board assigned a class monitor (Gestapo) to sit in on Mr. Freshwater’s classes the remainder of the school year. This all came to a head, I believe, in April of last year. In June, and based on Mr. Freshwater’s insubordination and based on the findings of the investigator the school board recommended that Mr. Freshwater’s contract not be renewed (employment termination.)
As was his right under the teachers’ union contract, Mr. Freshwater appealed the decision and demanded a hearing that began and was conducted for several days in October 2008 and continued for several more days in December 2008 and will apparently conclude next week (January 6 -9.) Most of the hearing will be testimony of various parties involved with the case. The hearing is being conducted before an Ohio Department of Education referee, who will make a recommendation to the School Board after reviewing all the testimony and facts of the case.
Since the end of last school year, Mr. Freshwater has been suspended without pay. I understand that he is working part-time jobs including working as a part time substitute teacher.
This situation is representative of what is going on in the now openly godless, pagan taxpayer funded government schools. Operating under a freedom-destroying, false premise of “separation of church and state” the Mount Vernon (Ohio) City School Board wants to punish this man who practices his in public.
A person’s faith, unlike his gun, need not be checked and confiscated at the entrance of the school house. There is a lot a stake in this case, beyond what happens to John Freshwater.
THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION IN AMERICA FOR CHRISTIANS
Our schools have been so corrupted by the removal of Christianity and of Christian influences. The vacuum is being filled by the false religion of secular humanism. Public schools may now be beyond reform. It just may be time for true Christians to yank all of their children out of these snake-pits, these literal hell-holes, and these far left wing indoctrination centers and look for alternatives such as home schooling.
In fact, there is a growing movement by organizations such as Exodus Mandate to encourage, support and facilitate students fleeing the inept and toxic government run institutions.
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HOW YOU CAN HELP NOW
You can also help John Freshwater with his legal costs by sending a check to:
The Community Council for Free Expression