School Board Attorney Begins Cross Examination of Mr. Freshwater

December 29, 2009

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 now has had to file two in the last year because of being sent threatening letters, and once because his car was broken into and robed. Mr. Freshwater also said that he has applied for over 60 teaching jobs and has been turned down because of the current case.

Millstone spent the morning going over affidavits/signed statements, that were prepared by Mr Freshwater and his Attorney, for HR On-Call (HR On-Call never gave Mr. Freshwater a chance to give them affidavits)

 

Coach Ricky Warren Says Email Looks Like it Was Edited

December 29, 2009

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

December 10, 2009

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'

December 10, 2009
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

December 10, 2009

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

December 6, 2009
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

December 3, 2009
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.

October 31, 2009
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

October 31, 2009
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

October 29, 2009

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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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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