Vegan teacher says district barred him from school

Full story: Chicago Tribune

A Fox River Grove Middle School teacher who promotes veganism was told not to return to the classroom until further notice, the teacher said Monday.
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Dist 3 Mom

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#43
Sep 19, 2007
 
jsd wrote:
i want to know where warwak was a fishing guide, and for how long? my guess is he probably has as much experience with that as he does with being a vegan......get a real life buddy!
Just Google his name and you will be surprised what comes up...unless he took all those websites off but Lake Geneva was one of the areas.
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#44
Sep 19, 2007
 
Seems we have revolution here in America erupting under our noses and there is not much we can do about it. This revolution pits compassionate children against their uncaring parents. The revolution even has a name,“Vegan America – Revolt!” The revolution was born from incidents surrounding Dave Warwak and his persistent attempts to teach Humane Education at Fox River Grove Middle School. Warwak said,“I can’t understand why they are fighting so hard against something so good. The World is behind us and prepared to help. There is every reason in the world for the school to go vegan and not one single reason to do otherwise” PETA’s Vice President, Bruce Friedberg is offering to help Fox River Grove Middle School with its transition to a vegan diet “We'll pay for food for a week, get vegan chefs in to help and consult, whatever”. The “Chicago Animal Rights Meetup Group”,“Mercy for Animals”, and other groups around the world are prepared to step in and help Fox River Grove Middle School become the first vegan public school in America. The “CARMG” is embarking on a campaign to educate the youth of America. The group’s president, Shalesh Kumbhat and Warwak are very enthusiastic about the group’s new focus. The campaign consists of passing out small business cards to children wherever they may be. Thanks to Kumbhat’s efforts and his extensive connections, animal rights groups, vegetarians, vegans, and humane educators all over the world will be passing out business cards to children wherever they may be. Warwak said,“Groups are hitting the streets, during times when children are most likely to be out and about. Groups are already planning on a full force presence on Halloween. Even vegans who stay home will be passing out vegan candies accompanied by a message of love.” Warwak, then went on to say,“So far today, I passed out 34 cards!”

The business card’s front reads:

Remember the Santa Claus lie?
One lie is so big, some people prefer to keep it hidden.
So hidden, some never find out!
Do you want to live a lie?

The back reads:

Go to your favorite search engine.
Look-up “Factory Farming” Look-up “Vegan”
“Naming a rock, a banana, does not make it food”
Sue

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#45
Oct 5, 2007
 
Oh, for pity's sake. Warwak has the right to live by whatever diet he thinks is best (doesn't sound as if he's consulted a dietician, or any other kind of science-based expert or professional on the subject, but that's his right too) for himself. The parents of the high school district also have the right, however -- in fact, the responsibility -- to see to it that their kids are nourished as *they* see fit, without some doctrinaire nutjob yammering at the kids and shoving his expensive and nutritionally suspect (B12, anyone? Anyone?) diet literally down their throats.

If these crazies had any ethics whatsoever, they'd be passing out those cards to the parents -- the people with the actual authority and responsibility for the kids' nutrition. They know, however, that the parents will mostly see the holes in their logic -- and, particularly, the protein and vitamin deficiencies in that diet.

Fire Warwak. Never mind the cows; save the KIDS.
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#46
Oct 7, 2007
 
October 3, 2007
source: http://inslide.com/respect

Timothy Mahaffy, Jackie Krause, Fox River Grove District 3 Board Members***, and the Illinois State Board of Education,

In direct response to Fox River Grove School District 3 letter of termination received on September 27, 2007, a hearing is now officially requested as an appeal to the wrongful termination of Dave Warwak per ILSC 105 in which a hearing on the below charges before disinterested hearing officers on a date no less than 15 nor more than 30 days after the enactment of the motion. The secretary of the school board shall forward a copy of the notice to the State Board of Education. Within 5 days after receiving this notice of hearing, the State Board of Education shall provide a list of 5 prospective, impartial hearing officers. Each person on the list must be accredited by a national arbitration organization and have had a minimum of 5 years of experience directly related to labor and employment relations matters between educational employers and educational employees or their exclusive bargaining representatives. No one on the list may be a resident of Fox River Grove, IL.
Fox River Grove School District 3 chose to ignore the Federal Trade Commission’s ruling against misleading commercial advertising in schools. I am being terminated for my response to the pro-dairy propaganda in the school cafeteria in which, I, as an Art Teacher, was educating students about the power of advertising in the Visual Arts. Specifically, how the Meat and Dairy Industry uses its influence to shape and guide the values and morals of society through indoctrination. Charges, not limited to, but include the following:
In retaliation of Dave Warwak's performance of his official duties and in an attempt to avoid compliance and/or legal action regarding their neglect in addressing ILSC violations and other Child Endangerment issues, Jackie Krause, Timothy Mahaffy, and the Fox River Grove School District 3 Board of Education Members***, knowingly and willfully, exposed Dave Warwak to hatred, contempt, and ridicule, while Warwak was engaged in the execution of his official duties, in which, said members prevented the defendant from performing his official duties. SB0100 (720 ILCS 5/12-110)(was 720 ILCS 5/12-6)
Sec. 12-110 12-6. Intimidation; aggravated intimidation.
Melissa

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#47
Oct 8, 2007
 
I'm so glad he was fired. I'm so disappointed that he is suing.

What does he expect? The school isn't going to change their menu, he conveniently changed his story to say that he was just teaching art, as opposed to trying to change the menu to vegan.

Aren't there better things to tie up our court system with rather than this jerks 15 minutes of fame??
Hamburglar

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#48
Oct 8, 2007
 
He used to work for Tops hamburger in New Jersey.
Arte

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#49
Oct 8, 2007
 
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It's just not right !!

No one should be discriminated upon based on sexual orientation !!

But, it's his fault.....Should've just stayed in the closet with his veggies !

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Veggie Tale

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#50
Oct 8, 2007
 
Talk about playing hide the zucchini.
John Law

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#51
Oct 8, 2007
 
Hey folks!
I guess Warwak has come over to the other side!
He's spoken about PETA:
People
Eating
Tasty
Animals

Well it's about time!

Since: Oct 07

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#52
Oct 8, 2007
 
Warwak

Your Fired! Which word do you not understand?

And by the way, What gives you the right to teach your viewpoint in school about what foods the kids should eat?

Lastly, What right do you have to change what you teach? You were hired to teach art not nutrition. If you want to teach nutrition you should have gotten you degree in that. You are not a subject expert about nutrition by any means. So stop kidding yourself.
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#53
Oct 8, 2007
 
I could easily be a VEGAN. I eat soy ham, whole grains and very little cheese. If there were and incentive, I would switch in a heartbeast.
Don Kosin

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#54
Oct 8, 2007
 
Oh, Dark Water: I was CORRECTED on this by Sally over on the CUBS board. It is YOU'RE not YOUR. Careful because spell check will NOT catch that.
Melissa

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#55
Oct 9, 2007
 
I'll bet he secretly eats big, greasy, yummy cheeseburgers late at night, that way he won't get busted.

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