This horrible mess continues to drag on. Our first post about it was more than three years ago: Creationist Science Teacher John Freshwater is Fired.
But it didn’t end there. The creationist launched an administrative hearing to determine whether he should be fired. Freshwater was an 8th-grade science teacher in Ohio who was accused of burning a cross on a student with a Tesla coil, teaching religion in his science class, and failing to follow the school district’s orders. Freshwater claimed that the district wanted to fire him only because he refused to remove a bible from his desk.
For various reasons, including the presentation of irrelevant issues, but mostly due to numerous scheduling recesses, the hearing lasted more than two years. Along the way there were also a couple of court cases, but Freshwater lost one of those and dismissed the other, so the excessively prolonged administrative matter was all that remained.
Our second-to-last update was six months ago: John Freshwater Case: Probably Finished. The interminable administrative hearing ended with a recommendation that the school board should terminate Freshwater, which they did. We thought it was over — at last.
But as happens in those zombie movies, the thing rose again and we wrote: WorldNetDaily Supports John Freshwater, to report that Freshwater was appealing his termination.
So where are we now? The best reporting on this case is by Richard B. Hoppe at Panda’s Thumb. His latest article is Freshwater: ODE Admonishment Withdrawn. That’s where you want to go, but before you leave we’ll give you a bit of news.
In the Columbus Dispatch we read State pulls negative letter from Freshwater’s file; Fired science teacher also has had his license renewed. The headline tells the story, and you can get the rest at Panda’s Thumb, but here are a couple of brief excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The Ohio Department of Education has removed its letter of admonishment from the disciplinary file of a fired Mount Vernon science teacher while it considers a legal challenge.
The Virginia-based Rutherford Institute told the department this month that John Freshwater was denied his due-process rights when the state rebuked him for using an electrical device to burn students’ arms. The institute said Freshwater was not given the opportunity to defend himself before the admonishment was issued.
Poor guy, he never had a chance to defend himself. Let’s read on:
Freshwater said he wants to return to teaching but has been unable to land a job.
“I’ve come across several times where positions have been available and I was refused the position,” Freshwater said yesterday. “Obviously, I’ve been affected by the litigation, all the negative publicity. … I want to go back to teaching and to put my Bible back in the corner of my desk.“
If you haven’t yet thrown up your breakfast, our last excerpt should do it for you:
As for allegations that Freshwater taught creationism over evolution, she said, “I think it’s a great teacher who encourages his students to think critically about everything they are taught.”
Okay, dear reader. If you want to read more about “The Case That Will Not Die,” you can read the whole article in the Columbus Dispatch and you can read Richard’s article at Panda’s Thumb. We’re outta here!
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