A teacher fired for teaching his Christian beliefs, keeping a Bible on his desk and using a laboratory tool to burn crosses onto students’ arms has dropped his defamation suit against the Mount Vernon school district.
John Freshwater had sought $500,000 in back pay and another $500,000 in punitive damages.
Freshwater and his wife, Nancy, announced they would drop the suit to prevent it from interfering with a public airing of the dispute in a different venue. What that means is unclear.
In a statement announcing that he was dropping the suit, Freshwater said, “We have already spent our life savings and have pledged our farm to get to the truth. It is better to leave the money on the table than to take the Bible off of my desk.”