Ohio Teacher Settles Arm-Branding Case

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An Ohio middle school teacher accused of branding students with an image of a cross has settled with one of the families.

Lawyers for teacher John Freshwater's insurance and the family of eighth-grader Zachery Dennis did not disclose the details of their agreement, according to court deputy Scott Miller.

In 2008, the Mount Vernon school board voted to fire Freshwater, who was a science teacher at the school. He remains on unpaid administrative leave pending an appeal.

Thursday's development in the case allows both parties to avoid a trial, which was scheduled to begin on Monday.     

Meanwhile, the Dennis family attorney Doug Mansfield said the case was not about the money. Rather the lawsuit was about "correcting a wrong done to their child."
According to The Columbus Dispatch, U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost is expected to approve the agreement once the details are settled.

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