The Associated Press
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio school board has approved a settlement with the family of a student who said his teacher burned the image of a cross on his arm.
School board members in Mount Vernon agreed Wednesday night to resolve a federallawsuit by paying $5,500 to the family and $115,500 to their lawyers.
The family still has a lawsuit pending against the eighth-grade teacher, John Freshwater.
Freshwater was fired last year by the school district northeast of Columbus after an internal investigation concluded he had preached his Christian beliefs in class and had used a scientific device known as a high-frequency generator to burn the student. The cross lasted a few weeks.
Freshwater has filed his own lawsuit against the district, claiming it violated his civil rights.