Published Online: October 14, 2014
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Justices Reject Appeal of Fired Science Teacher

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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a public school science teacher who was fired for promoting creationism and refusing to remove religious materials from his Ohio classroom.

The justices last week let stand an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that found the Mount Vernon district had grounds to fire John Freshwater in 2011 for insubordination for keeping religious books and a poster of a praying president.

The state high court said the district violated the teacher's constitutional rights by ordering him to remove his personal Bible from his desk, but the court found he was insubordinate for keeping the other items. Mr. Freshwater's lawyer had argued that the firing violated the teacher's free-speech rights.

Vol. 34, Issue 08, Page 4

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