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School's investigation done incorrectly

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, June 3, 2010, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

Expert witness Michal Molnar, in the John Freshwater hearing, described how an investigation against a teacher, accused of harming a student, should be handled.

  • Talk to parents and student and get written statement
  • Talk to student without parents if permission is given (to make sure parents are  not pressuring student to lie)     
  • Talk to teacher and get written statement
  • Talk to everyone who could have been around when the incident happened
  • At any point if it looks like the complaint was false th...

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Zach Dennis Lied Under Oath, fellow students say

Posted by Levi Stickle on Friday, April 30, 2010, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

Over the last two days of hearings in the John Freshwater case, ten students that were in Zach Dennis's 8th grade science class (2007-08) have said that Zach Dennis lied about several things under oath. When asked if Dennis's statement that, Freshwater had held down his arm during the Tesla Coil experiment, was true the students all said that Dennis was lying.

Other statements the students said Dennis would be lying (or said they didn't remember) if he said included;

 

  • Freshwater holding his han...

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New Evidence Still Being Found in Freshwater Case

Posted by Levi Stickle on Friday, April 30, 2010, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

Over  two years after the case started new evidence is being found, such as on Jan 14th 2010 John Freshwater received an anonymous letter that said the School Board had been hiding some of John Freshwaters things from his room and included a few photos of some of the items. As a result of the anonymous letter the School Board brought out over 14 boxes of things that had been taken from Freshwater's classroom. Freshwater explained in his testimony on April 29th that his attorney Kelly Hamilton...


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Yet Another Demonstration of Tesla Coil by Superintendent Short

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, April 29, 2010, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

Lori Hubble, the caregiver for one of John Freshwater's former students stated in her testimony this morning that Superintendent Steve Short demonstrated the Tesla Coil on a school desk.

Hubble said that in 2008 Short called her and asked to have a meeting. When she arrived Short and David Millstone were present. Short then demonstrated the Tesla Coil by showing it arc to a school desk, with her one year old baby and the students father watching.

Short went on to show them a video [The Watchmak...


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Christian Family Objects to Bible in Classroom

Posted by Accountability in the Media on Thursday, April 29, 2010, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
 Self-described as Christian, the Dennis family is suing their son’s former teacher for—among other things—having a Bible in the classroom. 

Bible on the desk

Up until five months ago, the Dennises attempted to distance themselves from the controversy surrounding the school’s order for John Freshwater to remove his Bible. The Dennis’ lawsuit in 2008 did not make mention of Freshwater’s personal Bible, instead it stated that the teacher “kept several Bibles in his classroom which w...

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Freshwater hearing to start up again

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, April 29, 2010, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

The John Freshwater hearing which has been on hold since Jan 15th will resume on April 29th. One of the reasons for the delay was 14+ boxes of items were found in the School Boards building, that had been removed from Freshwater's class room without his knowledge, and his attorney Kelly Hamilton needed time to examined them.

4/15/2010


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Court denies Dennis family's claim

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, April 29, 2010, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

The court denied the Dennis family’s motion related to the claim of battery, and granted Freshwater’s motion as to the student’s consent for the electrical device experiment. 

Pretrial proceedings are planed for May 12 or 13; the trial against Freshwater is scheduled to begin May 24 in Columbus.

4/7/2010


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Photographs of Missing Evidence - John Freshwater Addresses School Board

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, April 29, 2010, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
John Freshwater used his three minutes of public participation time to update the Mount Vernon Board of Education on recent developments related to his employment hearing. 

“I thought the hearing was about to end sometime last month but the proceeding changed again because somebody sent an anonymous letter containing some photographs of some items from my classroom,” Freshwater said. “Last week another anonymous delivery was made that contained..."  from 
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Freshwater hearing delayed

Posted by Levi Stickle on Friday, January 15, 2010, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

     At 11:16 am the hearing referee made this statement; "Even though this proceeding is not bound by the “Civil Rules of Procedure,” in the spirit of those rules it is my opinion that if we were to proceed today, it might create an unfair advantage to one side or the other. And in an effort to avoid that circumstance, we’re going to conclude proceedings for today and reconvene one week from today, 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 22, 2010,"

     None of the attorneys would make a statement for the...


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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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President of CEAI Called as a Witness.

Posted by Levi Stickle on Saturday, October 31, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
Finn Laursen, President of CEAI, and with a past in education/severial education licences, was called to the stand for testimony today. He covered the reporting requirements that teachers/admins have to follow, dealing with a student being abused (or suspicion of it) they are required to report it to Social Services. He also mentioned that the Ohio Revised Code says "No board of education shall prohibit a classroom teacher from providing in the teacher’s classroom reasonable periods of time...
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Former Student of John Freshwater, and Classmate of Zach Dennis, Called to the Stand

Posted by Levi Stickle on Saturday, October 31, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
Former student, Taylor Strack, of science teacher John Freshwater, and classmate of Zach Dennis, called to the stand this morning. In her testimony she stated 'Mr. Freshwater never held down anyones arm during the Tesla Coil demonstration' and that 'he never used the words cross, burn, or tattoo in talking about the demonstration' as has been alleged. She went on to say that 'The allegations against John (Freshwater) are stupid, he never did anything wrong!'
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Tim Keib on the stand for the second day

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, October 29, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

Tim Keib a past Mount Vernon Schools administrator (2001-07) started his testimony yesterday but didn't have enough time to finish it, is on the stand again.

In his testimony, Keib stated that he was in 80-100 of Mr. Freshwater's classes during his six years at Mount Vernon, he continued by saying 'it was because I like science' and that 'it was not exclusive to Mr. Freshwater's class.'  Keib continued 'In all my observations (formal and informal) and conversations, I never saw Mr. Freshwater ...


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Dave Daubenmire (Coach Dave) First Witness Of The Day

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, October 29, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

Dave Daubenmire (Coach Dave) A speaker at FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) the first witness on the stand, started his testimony by telling about his past in Education, including;

  • Football coach in London Ohio
  • Teaching Special Education in London Ohio High School
  • Being sued by the ACLU over praying with his team.
  • Teaching teachers at MVNU

Daubenmire said John Freshwater never contacted him about/Invited him to speak at FCA. Daubenmire continued by saying Freshwater had called him to tell him...


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Jun 2009 School Board Meeting

Posted by Levi Stickle on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

In the Jun 2009 Mount Vernon School Board Meeting five people spoke to the School Board. below is the speech given by the second speaker of the meeting Levi Stickle;


As someone who has been interested in the John Freshwater case I have sat in on most of the Employment hearing. Through out my education I have been taught about the rule of and the process of law.

 

In the Spring of 2008 I watched as an investigation was to be done by a supposedly impartial - outside firm.  Well the repor...


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John Freshwater Files Federal Lawsuit

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, June 11, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

John Freshwater, the teacher who the Mount Vernon School Board is trying to fire for having a Bible on his desk, has filed a federal lawsuit. included in the suit are;

MOUNT VERNON CITY SCHOOL
DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION

IAN WATSON

JODY GOETZMAN

STEVE SHORT

LYNDA WESTON

WILLIAM WHITE

DAVID MILLSTONE

H.R.on CALL, INC

THOMAS J. HERLEVI

JULIA F. HERLEVI

JOHN DOES and JANE DOES 1-8


Below is the introduction to the lawsuit;

This is a civil rights action with pendent other claims brought by Plaintiff Freshwater
a...
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Zach Dennis, first witness of the day

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, May 7, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
Zach Dennis is the student who's parents filed a lawsuit against John Freshwater for supposedly burning students. Dennis claimed the arc or as he called it the 'lightening bolt', from the Tesla coil was 4 inches long. in the demonstration presented previously in the hearing the Tesla coil had to be less than one inch from ground (arm, trash can, ect.) before it would start to arc.
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Fellow Teacher 'I don’t recall any mark by the tesla coil being that big or that bold'

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, April 2, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
Fellow teacher and past student of John Freshwater stated during his testimony that, he doesn't  recall any mark by the tesla coil being that big or that bold, when shown the pics that the Dennis family claims are of a 'burn' on Zach Dennis's arm.
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Teacher Lori Miller Allowed to Keep Bible Until Testifying at Hearing

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, April 2, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
On March 26, (Tuesday of last week) Teacher Lori Miller testified That administrators knew she had her Bible on her desk and that they had told her that she could continued to have it there.   Then on the following Monday (March 30) Miller was told to remove the Bible.
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Youth Pastor Steven Zirkle, first witness of the day

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, April 2, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
Steven Zirkle the youth pastor that John Freshwater allegedly prayed for during FCA, was the first witness of the day. During his testimony he stated that Freshwater did not pray for him, and that the prayer was actually lead by Ben Neilson.
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HR investigator's wife on the stand

Posted by Levi Stickle on Friday, March 27, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
The report by HR on-call that the School Board based their decision to terminate John Freshwater's teaching contract. This morning the co owner of HR and also the wife of the owner, Julie Herlevi, was on the stand she stated that 'because both parties agreed that the student was touched by the Tesla coil we didn't need to investigate any further.' she also said it didn't matter that the student said it was on the top of the arm and the teacher said it was on the bottom of the arm. She went on...
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March 25th Freshwater Hearing

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, March 26, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

Former Superintendent Jeff Maley took the stand this morning. He said his main complaint with the handout titled 'Darwin's theory of evolution, the premise and the problem', and the reason he requested John Freshwater not use it, was that it was not/could not be sourced.

 

Millstone had previously asked him about Mr. Freshwater's proposal to teach 'the controversy'. Maley stated the reason John Freshwater's file does not contain any complaints is because Freshwater would stop doing/using s...


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Alleged Burn Should Have Lasted Longer, Expert Witness Says

Posted by mountvernon1805 on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
The following testimony took place on 10/30/08—this article relies on the court transcript for details of the testimony.

Following the refusal of middle school teacher John Freshwater to remove the Bible from his desk, an allegation emerged that the use of a Tesla coil in his science classroom resulted in a student being burned.

An expert witness brought by the school testified that an injury like that depicted in photos he was shown, of the alleged burn, would take “three to four weeks...
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Teacher's Accusers Tell Different Story Under Oath

Posted by mountvernon1805 on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
The following testimony took place on 10/28/08—this article relies on the court transcript for details of the testimony.

Missing from the testimony of Zachary Dennis was the claim credited to him by the H.R. On Call, Inc. investigative report that the mark from the Tesla coil remained on his arm for “approximately three to four weeks.”

During the third day of the John Freshwater contract termination hearing, Dennis only made the allegation that the mark was still there during the firs...
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Hearing Cancelled again

Posted by Levi Stickle on Thursday, March 19, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
Friday’s contract termination hearing for John Freshwater has been canceled. The hearing is scheduled to resume Wednesday March 25 at 9 a.m.
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Student: Tesla Coil Did Not Burn

Posted by mountvernon1805 on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
The student laughed when asked by attorney R. Kelly Hamilton if he remembered his fellow students reacting when the Tesla coil was applied to their arms. “It was nothing painful at all,” Corbin Douglas Heck said. click here for more...
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Opening Statment by Hamilton

Posted by mountvernon1805 on Sunday, February 22, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
The following took place on 10/2/08—this article relies on the court transcript for details.

The attorney for the Mount Vernon City Schools Board of Education, David Millstone, declined to give an opening statement when the John Freshwater contract termination hearing began on October 2, 2008. click here for more

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Did Freshwater pray in FCA?

Posted by Levi Stickle on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

Freshwater who has been one of the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) monitors at the Mount Vernon middle school for about 17 years is accused in The HR on call Investigation report of 'possibly' leading a prayer for an FCA speaker who wasn't feeling good.₁ But, what are the facts?  

A lawsuit filed against Freshwater said he...

'conducted a “healing session” in which he held his hands above a non-school speaker’s head, and had students in attendance hold hands around the...


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Freshwater like a College Professor

Posted by mountvernon1805 on Friday, January 23, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
Brian Gastin, English teacher at Mount Vernon...
...Two of Gastin’s children were in John Freshwater’s class. According to Gastin, his children had no complaints about Freshwater. Just the opposite...
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Head Teacher at High School: Never Said Freshwater’s Students Needed Re-taught

Posted by mountvernon1805 on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
The report by H.R. On Call, Inc contained the statement, “During interviews high school science teachers expressed frustration and concern regarding having to ‘re-teach’ concepts that... click here

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Never Spoke to H.R. On Call

Posted by mountvernon1805 on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
A teacher with a classroom across the hall from John Freshwater’s class was not interviewed by H.R. On Call... click here

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Inside John Freshwater’s Classroom

Posted by mountvernon1805 on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
The controversy surrounding John Freshwater prompted school officials to post a... Click here

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Shame on The Columbus Dispatch

Posted by MountVernon1805 on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 
This is a response to The Columbus Dispatch editorial of January 7, 2009, titled “Teaching moment.”
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500 people turned out to the Mount Vernon School Board Meeting on August 4th!

Posted by Levi Stickle on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, In : Teacher John Freshwater 

On Aug. 4th 2008 a crowd of 500₁ people gathered for the public participation in the Mount Vernon Middle School Board Meeting. In all there were about 28 speakers, some spoke in opposition, and many spoke in support of Mount Vernon Middle School Teacher Freshwater (Fresh H2O) here is what Levi Stickle presented to the ,Mount Vernon School Board:

 

There are some people that say the first amendment gives us a separation of church and state meaning Teachers cannot have (even a personal) cop...


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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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