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Ohio Teacher Fired over Bible Heads to Supreme Court

09-08-2014

The Ohio public school teacher who was fired for refusing to remove religious materials from his classroom is taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Former eighth grade science teacher John Freshwater had a Bible, Christian books, and a poster of a president praying in his class.

The Mount Vernon School Board dismissed him in 2011 over accusations that he preached his Christian beliefs to students.

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled last November the school district was right to fire him for refusing to remove those materials.

But that court also ruled the school should not have forced him to remove his personal Bible from his desk.

Freshwater's attorney Rita Dunaway said the case's "most significant constitutional issues" still need to be resolved.

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