Supreme Court Denies Cert in Freshwater Case

Remember John Freshwater, the Ohio “science” teacher who taught creationism instead of science and burned his students with a Tesla coil? He lost at every level of the Ohio courts in his wrongful termination suit and now the Supreme Court has denied cert on his appeal and put the matter to rest for good.

The U.S. Supreme Court this morning declined to hear the appeal of a former Ohio public school science teacher who was fired for introducing creationism into his classes.

The high court’s decision not to hear the Freshwater v. Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education case brings the matter to a close. Last year, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that Mt. Vernon City School District had the right to fire eighth-grade science teacher John Freshwater because the First Amendment does not permit him to ignore orders from his bosses or display whatever religious items he pleases in his classroom.

“This case should serve as a reminder to public school teachers and administrators that classrooms are not churches,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “School-sponsored religious activity is a violation of students’ rights.”

Freshwater’s religious activities roiled the Ohio community. He distributed creationist material in class, which he always collected and refused to let students take home. He also passed out surveys to students asking them if faith was important to them and promoted religion in other ways.

Freshwater was also accused of using an electronic device (a Tesla coil) to burn a cross into a student’s arm. The boy’s parents complained to school officials, and the matter went to court. A judgment was issued in favor of the student and his family, and they received a financial settlement.

Good. He had no business teaching in a public school under any circumstances.

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  • Kevin Kehres

    OK, someone check the Supreme Court building for pods.

    First gay marriage and now this?

    They’ve been replaced by aliens, I tell ya!

  • raven

    …put the matter to rest for good.

    It will lurch around as a Zombie for a while.

    Rev. Barry Lynn forgot to mention that it cost the school district an estimated $1 million dollars.

    Xians don’t mind wasting your public school dollars.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Cue Ted Cruz to speak out on the Senate floor berating the SCOTUS for denying Freshwater his day in Court.

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  • lancifer

    “… now the Supreme Court has denied cert on his appeal and put the matter to rest for good.”

    Au contraire my hell bound atheist chum! Final Judgment will be pronounced by the Lord after the “end times” and brother Freshwater will be shocking little angels in Heaven while you and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are burning in hell!

  • sugarfrosted

    Has he been charged for the branding? I don’t think he has business being on the outside.

  • Electric Shaman

    Good. He had no business teaching in a public school under any circumstances.

    Dude, he burned a cross into a child’s arm. He has no business teaching at any type of school.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    He lost at every level of the Ohio courts in his wrongful termination suit and now the Supreme Court has denied cert on his appeal and put the matter to rest for good.

    This will make no difference to the creationists, who will wail about the horrible persecution that Freshwater suffered for decades to come. That the courts rejected his pleas only shows how biased they are against Christians. Of course, if the courts at any level had agreed with Freshwater, that would be seen as validation that he was correct and had suffered horrible persecution.

  • http://noadi.etsy.com Noadi

    Freshwater was also accused of using an electronic device (a Tesla coil) to burn a cross into a student’s arm.

    Just this should have gotten him fired. Everything else was icing. I’ve always been horrified that he did that to a student but even more so now. I recently had an electrobrand done with a violet wand which is essentially the same thing Freshwater used and it hurt so much, worse than any of my piercings or tattoos, and two months later it’s still healing. Obviously I was a consenting adult who chose to be branded (as a memorial for a friend who passed away) but to inflict that on a child is just so beyond the pale.

  • zmidponk

    Freshwater was also accused of using an electronic device (a Tesla coil) to burn a cross into a student’s arm. The boy’s parents complained to school officials, and the matter went to court. A judgment was issued in favor of the student and his family, and they received a financial settlement.

    Frankly, this shows that not only should he not be teaching, he should not be left in charge of any kids whatsoever – including his own, if he has any.