Creationist Science Teacher Who Burned Crosses Into Students Flesh:...

Jul 12, 2008 Full story: ScienceBlogs 14

"At a contentious public meeting in Mount Vernon, Ohio, the district school board scheduled a hearing on whether to fire teacher John Freshwater.

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“Transitional Molecular Fossils”

Since: Dec 06

Somewhere in Penn's Woods

#1 Jul 13, 2008
I think that his proposed firing for teaching ID is the least of this nut job’s worries. He BRANDED a cross on a student’s arm with a Bunsen burner? Uh hello, can you say assault?

He is going to contest his PROPOSED firing? Why has the school board allowed him to continue in his position at all? Shouldn’t he have been immediately suspended when a student complained that he branded a cross into his arm?“The boy’s civil rights were violated”?!!!! Shouldn’t this loony tune be facing criminal charges?

“Turning coffee into theorems”

Since: Dec 06

Trapped inside a Klein Bottle

#2 Jul 13, 2008
Katydid wrote:
I think that his proposed firing for teaching ID is the least of this nut job’s worries. He BRANDED a cross on a student’s arm with a Bunsen burner? Uh hello, can you say assault?
He is going to contest his PROPOSED firing? Why has the school board allowed him to continue in his position at all? Shouldn’t he have been immediately suspended when a student complained that he branded a cross into his arm?“The boy’s civil rights were violated”?!!!! Shouldn’t this loony tune be facing criminal charges?
I agree, Kathy. This guy is a nutjob, and I have no idea why the school board has been dragging its feet about suspending him. The physical abuse of his students should have made it a no brainer.

This has been on ScienceBlogs several times. According to one report, the science teachers of higher grades have been complaining about this teacher for years. They say his students come to their classes with huge misconceptions about science, which greatly hinders their education.

The guy's own principle pulled strings so her daughter would get a different science teacher. Geez.
charlieb1950

Boone, NC

#3 Jul 13, 2008
That nut should have his head examined.I for one am a creationist,but burning crosses into someone is an act of insanity.
charlieb1950

Boone, NC

#4 Jul 13, 2008
Never would have thought that there was something that darwinsstepchild and katydid and i would agree on.

Since: Feb 08

Lake Mary, FL

#5 Jul 13, 2008
I can't believe he's still on staff...I mean, what the he**???

“Dor sho gha!”

Since: Apr 08

Iowa City, IA

#6 Jul 13, 2008
This guy has as much right to be a science teacher, as I do being in a sober, relevant, adult conversation.

Oh, wait...

Since: Feb 08

Lake Mary, FL

#7 Jul 14, 2008
The more you wade through the different articles, concerning the subject...well...it just boggles the mind.

Gotta love those small town, evagelical communitys that will let "complaints" be ongoing for *11 YEARS* before somethings finally addressed.

I can't WAIT to see what the "half-truths" are.

Makes you wonder how quick the reaction would have been had this same teacher been using Scientology...oh wait...we've got Louisiana now...we should know pretty soon!
military girl

Oceanside, CA

#8 Jul 14, 2008
charlieb1950 wrote:
That nut should have his head examined.I for one am a creationist,but burning crosses into someone is an act of insanity.
I agree. A little over board. Ya think.....

“Dor sho gha!”

Since: Apr 08

Iowa City, IA

#9 Jul 14, 2008
military girl wrote:
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I agree. A little over board. Ya think.....
A "little" overboard? Like how electricretard.com is a "little" overboard.

PS: Don't go to electricretard.com if you don't know what I am talking about, you have been warned.
military girl

Oceanside, CA

#10 Jul 14, 2008
OK, fine.... Really overboard. and way extreme

“Transitional Molecular Fossils”

Since: Dec 06

Somewhere in Penn's Woods

#11 Jul 14, 2008
military girl wrote:
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I agree. A little over board. Ya think.....
A “LITTLE” overboard? Good grief if that is not the understatement of the year!!

The nut job BURNED a cross into a kid’s arm. He should have been immediately arrested and thrown in jail for assault and battery!!! The guy still has his job for pete’s sake!!

Would it have been a “LITTLE” overboard if he had branded swastikas or pentagrams into the arms of his students with a Bunsen burner? Would he have been even allowed to set foot in the building the next day?

The school board, administration, and yes even the voters of this town are all at fault, allowing this fruitcake to still teach at this school.
military girl

Oceanside, CA

#12 Jul 14, 2008
Katydid wrote:
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A “LITTLE” overboard? Good grief if that is not the understatement of the year!!
The nut job BURNED a cross into a kid’s arm. He should have been immediately arrested and thrown in jail for assault and battery!!! The guy still has his job for pete’s sake!!
Would it have been a “LITTLE” overboard if he had branded swastikas or pentagrams into the arms of his students with a Bunsen burner? Would he have been even allowed to set foot in the building the next day?
The school board, administration, and yes even the voters of this town are all at fault, allowing this fruitcake to still teach at this school.
First of all I meant "little" as a sarcasm second of all did you even read my last post. I am not disagreeing with you
The Dude

London, UK

#13 Jul 14, 2008
Feklahr wrote:
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PS: Don't go to electricretard.com if you don't know what I am talking about, you have been warned.
Quicker than that fundie "science" teacher.
John

United States

#14 Jul 15, 2008
Katydid wrote:
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A “LITTLE” overboard? Good grief if that is not the understatement of the year!!
The nut job BURNED a cross into a kid’s arm. He should have been immediately arrested and thrown in jail for assault and battery!!! The guy still has his job for pete’s sake!!
Would it have been a “LITTLE” overboard if he had branded swastikas or pentagrams into the arms of his students with a Bunsen burner? Would he have been even allowed to set foot in the building the next day?
The school board, administration, and yes even the voters of this town are all at fault, allowing this fruitcake to still teach at this school.
I fear that if the child had resisted him physically, the child would have been strongly disciplined. The issue is not fundamentalism, religion or science. It is abuse and inappropriate control.

The guy belongs in a penitentiary.

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