The long awaited decision from the Ohio Supreme Court has just been handed down. Our last post about this case was back in February: Freshwater Oral Arguments Today.
Here’s a link to the sixty-eight page opinion: FRESHWATER, APPELLANT, v. MOUNT VERNON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION.
We haven’t read it yet, but this is the bottom line, with our bold font:
After detailed review of the voluminous record in this case, we hold that the court of appeals did not err in affirming the termination. The trial court properly found that the record supports, by clear and convincing evidence, Freshwater’s termination for insubordination in failing to comply with orders to remove religious materials from his classroom. Accordingly, based on our resolution of this threshold issue, we need not reach the constitutional issue of whether Freshwater impermissibly imposed his religious beliefs in his classroom. We affirm the judgment of the court of appeals because there was ample evidence of insubordination to justify the termination decision.
Richard B. Hoppe has carried the burden of posting about this case at Panda’s Thumb. All the action will be there, and deservedly so. He’s already got a post on it: Freshwater: Ohio Supreme Court affirms his termination.
That’s all we know at the moment.
See also: Discoveroids React to Freshwater Decision.
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