Friday, May 28, 2010
One of the teachers included in the episode “Rubber Room” shares something in common with suspended Mount Vernon Middle School teacher John Freshwater—he was accused of branding a cross onto a student with a Tesla coil.
Teacher: “Good job. Last year, as I’ve done hundreds of times before, I did a little demonstration by passing the current over the arms of my students, left a little redness on the skin. Next thing I know there is a complaint filed that I ‘branded crosses.’ I was suspended pending an arbitration.”
Investigator: “One of your students wrote about you on his blog. He said you were a church freak.”
Teacher: “I’m a religious person, I don’t make any bones about that.”
Investigator: “We’re trying to identify the student who wrote this about you on his blog.”
Second investigator: “He probably gets A’s in English, drives a silver Honda.”
Teacher: “No. Doesn’t ring a bell.”
Investigator: “What about the student who filed the complaint, you have his name?”
Teacher: “There was more than one student. The Department of Education wouldn’t tell me their names. Sorry you had to drive all the way out here.”
Investigator: “Sorry you ended up out here.”
Teacher: “After four months of suspension I quit New York and took a job here. Half the salary, twice the commute, but at least I’m teaching.”
A person with the username "seabiscuit" on mvohio.net pointed out the connection between the Law & Order episode and the local controversy. "How about that!" seabiscuit wrote. "This situation has now been woven into a television show!"
Posted by Sam Stickle (mountvernon1805) at 10:04 AM