Browsing Archive: December, 2009

Freshwater says Items were taken from his classroom by Administration without his permission/knowledge

Posted by Levi Stickle on Wednesday, December 30, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
During the his mornings testimony Mr. Freshwater, after examining several exhibits submitted by Millstone, stated "it is apparent you have gone through my class room..." he went on to say that apparently they did not return all of his personal items from his class, which was cleaned out without his knowledge/permission. Mr Freshwater also said that some of the documents submited by David Millstone are altered from what he had in his class or are out right forgeries....
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School Board Attorney Begins Cross Examination of Mr. Freshwater

Posted by Levi Stickle on Tuesday, December 29, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

Mount Vernon School Board Attorney David Millstone began his cross examination of Teacher John Freshwater, today. John Freshwater is a middle school science teacher in Mount Vernon, Ohio who the school board is trying to fire for having a Bible on his desk. During his testimony he has told how hard it has been on him and his family since he was suspended-without-pay in the spring of 2008. Freshwater explained that although he has never had to file a police report in his life until now, but no...


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Coach Ricky Warren Says Email Looks Like it Was Edited

Posted by Levi Stickle on Tuesday, December 29, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

The First witness called this morning in the Freshwater case was Ricky Warren, a Jamaican native who came to the US to play soccer and get an education. After graduating from collage Warren went on to become a teacher and coach.

Mr. Warren was called to the stand to talk about a email sent to him about FCA. Millstone the School's Attorney was trying to use the email to support the claim that John Freshwater had invited speakers to speak at FCA, but when John Freshwater testified he said it w...


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Freshwater couldn't raise hand above head on day he was accused of leading an exorcism

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, December 10, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

During Zach Denis's testimony on May 7th, 2009, he claimed that on March 18th, 2008, during FCA, John Freshwater had participated/lead a exorcism/healing session. Dennis claimed that in this 'healing session' Mr. Freshwater raised his hands above his head and prayed for Pastor Zirkle. Mr Freshwater presented a document, that contradicts Dennis's testimony, from Knox Community Hospital showing that he was in therapy at the time, because of a *'Smoke Jumping' injury, and couldn't raise his hand...


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Freshwater Says Bill White Told Him to 'Destroy It'

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, December 10, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
Teacher John Freshwater the science teacher, who the Mount Vernon School Board is trying to fire for having a personal Bible on his desk, said in his testimony this morning that Middle School Principal Bill White, on Dec 10th 2007 told him to 'Destroy it' Mr. Freshwater said he understood it to mean Mr. White wanted him to destroy the Tesla Coil.
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John Freshwater on the stand again

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, December 10, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

Science Teacher John Freshwater, who in the spring of 2008 was told to remove his personal Bible from his desk, and refused on the basis that it is his right to have it on his desk, is back on the stand.

Events leading up to the Freshwater case started in 2003 when John Freshwater made a proposal to the School board that the Science Teachers be allowed to critically analyze evolution (which was already a 10th Grade standard/requirement). According to teachers/administrators John Freshwater had...


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Original Tesla Coil Instructions Found

Posted by Levi Stickle on Sunday, December 6, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
Because of yesterdays finding that Elle Button had found and given, Mount Vernon Middle School Principal Bill White, the original Tesla coil instructions, he was called to testify once again. White claimed that he didn't recall seeing the Tesla Coil instructions that were found attached to a note sent from White to Steve Short. The Tesla Coil instructions did talk about safety issues concerning the length of use during certain experiments/ demonstrations, but contained no warnings about touch...
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Students Allowed to Touch Tesla Coil to Tongue

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, December 3, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
Elle Button, the first witness for the day in the Freshwater case, has been a middle school science teacher in Mount Vernon for the last ten(10) years. testified that she was introduced to the Tesla Coil her first year in Mount Vernon, Button also said that she had heard that another teacher/s including Jeff George (John Freshwater was not one of them) let students touch the Tesla Coil to their tongue. Button continued her testimony by saying that after the allegations were made against John ...
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Levi Stickle at Freshwater Hearings

Levi Stickle -outside the Knox County Service center (the building the Freshwater hearings were being held in until April 29th 2010)

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