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Teacher fired for burning cross on student’s arm

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The Mount Vernon City Schools’ Board of Education has moved to terminate a middle school teacher accused of burning a cross into a student’s arm.

John Freshwater, who has taught eighth-grade science for 21 years, allegedly used an electrostatic device to brand a cross on a student’s arm, causing pain to the student and leaving a mark that lasted approximately three weeks. The incident occurred in December 2007.

Over the years, school board officials have reprimanded Freshwater several times for refusing to remove his Bible from his classroom desk and teaching creationism alongside evolution.

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