A teacher having the Bible on his desk can be a bit of a gray area, but a teacher who is accused of burning crosses onto students’ arms with an electrostatic device is another matter.
MOUNT VERNON â€” After an extended executive session Tuesday morning, the Mount Vernon City Schools Board of Education and administration decided to have an independent party investigate allegations made against eighth-grade science teacher John Freshwater.
In a public rally last week, Freshwater said the school administrationâ€™s directive to remove a personal Bible from his desk was an abridgment of his First Amendment rights, and refused to comply with the order. On Friday, students held a rally in support of Freshwater and his stance for displaying his Bible.
In a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, Superintendent Steve Short said, â€œThe allegations against Mr. Freshwater are very serious. This is not about his personal Bible on his desktop. It is about the totality of his conduct.â€
One of the complaints was that Freshwater used an electrostatic device to burn crosses onto studentsâ€™ arms.