School Board Settles Lawsuit Over Cross-Burning Incident
The Mount Vernon school board settled a lawsuit on Thursday with a family whose son said his teacher burned a cross into his arm.
The family said former teacher John Freshwater burned the cross into their son's arm during a science lesson.
The school board agreed to pay the family $121,000. More than $115,000 of that will go to the family's lawyers, 10TV News reported.
The family filed a similar lawsuit against Freshwater, who was fired during the investigation.
Freshwater, who taught eighth grade science, filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school district. He was harassed because of his religion, was defamed and suffered a hostile work environment.
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