Fired Teacher Asks Ohio Court To Reconsider Ruling

A former Mount Vernon science teacher wants the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to uphold his dismissal.(Photo: .)
A former Mount Vernon science teacher wants the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to uphold his dismissal.(Photo: .)

A public school science instructor who refused to remove religious materials from his classroom is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider its decision upholding his dismissal.

Attorneys for John Freshwater say the court wrongly interpreted his attempts to deal with what they call vague requests from administrators with flat-out insubordination.

The attorneys asked the court Tuesday to reconsider its decision to address what they call erroneous conclusions.

A divided court ruled last week the Mount Vernon school district had grounds to fire Freshwater in 2011 for insubordination for keeping religious books and a poster of a praying president.

The court also concluded the district infringed on Freshwater’s First Amendment rights by ordering the removal of his personal Bible from his desk.

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