The empire strikes back: Freshwater pulls a Jedi mind trick

Posted: August 7, 2008 in Follow up, IJS, Legal Prejudice, Networking, On Your Wall, Snap, Crackle and POP Culture
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I teach with a lot of charisma, that's all.

I teach with a lot of charisma, that's all.

With rock star status and an entourage in-tow, Wall of Famer John Freshwater returned to Mount Vernon, Ohio to plead his case. And quite a fan club was in attendance at the local middle school library:

Most [of the 500 people in attendance] stood clapping and cheering when John Freshwater walked to the lectern and tearfully defended his teaching record.

You see, for 24 years, this man has come to work, taught science and loved God daily. All the while, his trusty KJV was by his side and no one was the wiser. Suddenly – and apparently without provocation – he is suspended for having a Bible on his desk.

I throw up the prototypical HiScrivener “calls it likes I sees it” post and call B.S. against the ruling and await the ACLU to bait their breath. IMHO, this was a witch hunt against a Christian in a public school. No more, no less. Then, months later, we discover Freshwater has an affinity for branding his students like cattle. (Of course, I had a little editorial frivolity there, but never mind that right now).

To which, John Freshwater replies:

Freshwater denied ever branding a cross into a student’s arm, and he said he never taught creationism to his students. “I never taught anything in the classroom that was prohibited.”

Although pictures have flooded Flickr, Twitter, Google and any Ohio publication out there, Freshwater still maintains his innocence about the hot irons and proselytizing despite what’s on the school agenda.

Freshwater pointed out last night that his personnel file is solid and that he has a good record as a teacher. “In my personnel file — all 240 pages of it — I have no reprimands. It’s clean, it’s absolutely clean,” he said.

Hence, the mind trick. Get them thinking twice about what should have been considered once – is the rumor mill spinning aided by the ill winds of spite or the familiar ones of sanctimony. Who knows except, ironically, Freshwater and God.

Well, August 26 is coming, and so will the verdict of his suspension. On that day, this man will either be vindicated in a glorious fashion or what happens to this poor schlep aboard the Death Star could be the fate of John Freshwater: Young Jedi as he chokes on all that crow he has been flying for the past couple of months. We are praying, John. For what? I haven’t figured that one out yet:

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