John Freshwater is a science teacher at Mount Vernon Middle School in Ohio. A public school.
He preaches his Christian beliefs in class.
He teaches Creationism/Intelligent Design.
He kept the Ten Commandments on the door of his classroom until he was finally forced to take it down.
He failed to remove a Bible from his classroom even after he was asked to get rid of it.
He gave his students extra credit if they saw the sham that is Expelled and completed an assignment explaining “why it is important to examine this objectively and not let bias affect your observations.”
Oh… and he burns crosses into his students arms:
Only today is a report from independent investigators finally coming out about this guy.
The report comes one week after a family filed a federal lawsuit in Columbus against Freshwater and the school district, saying Freshwater burned a cross on their child’s arm that remained for three or four weeks.
Freshwater’s friend Dave Daubenmire defended him.
“With the exception of the cross-burning episode … I believe John Freshwater is teaching the values of the parents in the Mount Vernon school district,” he told The Columbus Dispatch in a story published Friday.
Right… and except for the times I beat my wife, I love her.
It doesn’t matter what the parents’ values are. If their values call for abstinence, it doesn’t mean you ignore sex education. If they are overwhelmingly Muslim, it doesn’t mean you stop class to pray to Allah. And if their values include a belief in Creationism, your job as a teacher is to educate the students on what real scientists have to say about evolution and not on what the Bible has to say.
By the way, Daubenmire was sued back in 1999 by the ACLU because he “led his [football] players in prayer at games, practices and meetings.” That case ended with the district (and its insurance company) paying the ACLU $18,000 in court costs.
While the family in question filed a lawsuit against the teacher last week, it’s not the first time Freshwater’s been in trouble:
… Lynda Weston, the district’s director of teaching and learning, told investigators that she has dealt with complaints about Freshwater for much of her 11-year term at the district…
And yet the school district never disciplined him in all that time.
That’s shocking considering what he’s said to his students:
“Mr. Freshwater advised his students that although he is forced to teach from the textbooks, the teachings are wrong or not proven according to the Bible,” the suit states.
Freshwater apparently used a “BD-10A High Frequency Generator” when he branded his students with the cross. He says he just wanted to demonstrate the device — one which is “the same size and shape as a power screwdriver, its tip [putting] out up to 50,000 volts of electricity.”
Of course, that device comes with an obvious warning:
Never touch or come in contact with the high voltage output of this device.
In case there’s any doubt as to what he was doing, check this out:
“He said out loud, ‘Satan be removed from this man,’ ” said Jessica Philemond, an attorney representing a Mount Vernon Middle School student who witnessed the event.
Why this man is even allowed near children amazes me.