Probably not coincidentally, the school was closed soon after this scandal became known. Fournier, a non-tenured teacher at John B. DeValles Elementary School thereafter stopped teaching her students music and songs related to patriotism and the various holidays. Subsequently, the school received a complaint from the father of the boy that on September 22, 2004, Griffen again failed to supervise the child at the end of the school day, by allowing him to walk out of the school unaccompanied. 12 Practical Economics: Economic Transformation and Government Reform in Georgia 2004—2012, page 170. Googling key terms yields a sex offender website, which lists a Kevin Roy, who then was a 47 year-old African-American male, who had been charged in Lake County, Indiana, under Indiana Criminal Code 35-42-4-3: Child molesting. Griffen also alleged that Cree harassed her in August or September 2004, on the basis of religion, when Cree tried to convince Griffen to wear a voting pin and vote in a local election. (Matthew 28:19, 20) Thus, we encourage and help those in our congregations to have a well-rounded education, including skills in reading, writing, and communicating, * as well as knowledge about other religions and cultures.—1 Corinthians 9:20-22; 1 Timothy 4:13. While the court could have considered whether or not actions could have been taken by the college to reasonably accommodate the women's religious beliefs under Title VII, the Bessard court chose to address their claims under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. ^ par. How Do Jehovah’s Witnesses View Education? Steve Mansfield reportedly had previously been placed on PAID administrative leave in 1986 and again in 2000. ^ par. Since Vonda Christie did not do the actual taping, the Prosecutor later changed the charges against Christie from abuse to "neglect". Lewis's refusal to salute the American flag, and his public comments that he would not bear arms in defense of the country enraged citizens of this rural school district. (1.) In 1997, the Board denied Benson's request for a raise. Prior to commencement of the 1976-77 school year, Palmer visited with Florence Paskind, the school's Principal, to inform her that due to her sincerely held religious convictions, Palmer would not teach "anything having to do with love of country, the flag and other patriotic matters." McMANIGAL v. UTICA BOARD OF EDUCATION was a 1962 Michigan court case. Apparently, the issue came to a head in January 1962, when McManigal submitted his Letter of Resignation before he could be fired under the Board's recently adopted rule that any teacher that would not lead the Pledge or sing the National Anthem would be fired. After holding two days of hearings, the School Committee voted unanimously to discharge Fournier for insubordination. An Open letter to Jehovah’s Witnesses UK on behalf of all UK Survivors of child sex abuse at the hands of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Would you like to read this article in %%? EVELYN BENSON v. NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION I (2005) and BENSON v. NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION II (2006) were two related New York federal appellate and district court decisions, which represent a nearly decade-long running legal battle between an African-American Jehovah's Witness, named Evelyn Benson, and her employer, the New York City Board of Education. At a pre-termination meeting, it was concluded that Griffen had failed to supervise the student properly and that termination was warranted. Fournier also refused to pledge allegiance to the American flag, and refused to stand for the National Anthem. West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943), is a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court holding that the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment protects students from being forced to salute the American flag or say the Pledge of Allegiance in public school. However, after review, SCOTUS announced, in January 1980, that it would not even bother considering Palmer's appeal. In 2005, Griffen filed this employment discrimination lawsuit against the school district, in which she alleged religious and age discrimination. The Illinois USDC granted the School Board a summary judgment. $$$$ unknown. When Greta Hawkins was hired as the Principal at PS90, the school reportedly had a state-of-the-art computer lab, and a library, and a music program. Outcome unknown, but predictably in Lopez's favor. "You feel the way you do and you did what you did," Murray said. During the fall semester of the 1961-2 school year, a music and band teacher at Sterling Junior High School, named Charles McManigal, 27, refused to lead his class in the singing of the National Anthem and the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. Misconception: Each person should set his own standards of right and wrong. However, Murray allegedly then began texting the victim and threatening to report her fornications to the JW Elders at their Kingdom Hall, which presumably would lead to the victim being disfellowshipped and shunned, if she continued to cooperate with the police. Apparently, Benson alleged that the alleged assault was an instance of 'racial profiling", because she further alleged that she was deemed violent based on her race, rather than on her individual personality. What is even more unbelievable is the fact that the City of New York's DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION has stood behind Greta Hawkins on all of her KILL SHOTS at "patriotism". Jehovah's Witnesses have the … On appeal, in March 2010, a Commission Tribunal sustained the dismissal, stating that Sinkevicius had presented no substantial evidence that she had been demoted because she was African-American , nor was there is any substantial evidence that the Employer failed to accommodate SinkeviciusÃï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½s religion.The Tribunal stated, in part: The Employer began documenting the PetitionerÃï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½s poor performance in her dual roles in August 2006. Garza reportedly was a serial child predator who had molested multiple school children whom he had transported to school. ^ par. The school reviewed the matter, upheld the decision, and terminated Griffen's employment on November 8, 2004. Yule even used the "P" word, and even stated that "Steve Mansfield deserves to be in jail". ", [Chad] Kalawaia says he was disciplined as a Jehovah's Witness, and "I did make things right with myself, with my family and with my God.". Griffen also alleged that Henderson harassed her, on the basis of religion, when Henderson asked Griffen to share her religion with the class. Murray stated that it was he that took a "risk" by being with her, because he could go to jail. in public ministry. The 7 year-old daughter of the landlord later revealed that Chibuzor had also been sexually molesting her. In order to minimize future contact between Sinkevicius and the Evening Desk Supervisor, Sinkevicius was notified that as of February 6, 2008, she would be required to work a regular schedule. That court expected the College to somehow prove that employees who take a loyalty oath were more loyal than those who did not. Capitals, Jehovah’s Witness Students, Public High Schools in Pioneer Valley. Parents know what their children hear, and this helps them to fulfill their responsibility to provide religious instruction for their children.—Ephesians 6:4. On February 14, 2008, Terra J. Sinkevicius filed a charge of discrimination with the Illinois Human Rights Commission in which she alleged that, in October 2007, that DePaul University demoted her because of her African-American race, and in retaliation for having filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and that the Library had failed to accommodate her Jehovah Witness religion in violation of Illinois state law. Griffen's job with Patti Geninatti generally consisted of working with an autistic boy on a one-to-one basis. This travesty of justice ended up costing the taxpayers $259,098.00. CHARLOTTE GRIFFIN v. SCOTTSDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT was a 2005-07 Arizona federal court case. I'm subbed here to r/Teachers.I only say this because I'm also subbed to r/exjw, and I notice one of my fellow ex-Jehovah's Witnesses linked your thread to their sub.You will probably get a lot of advice from them (us). McManigal filed a formal complaint with Michigan's Fair Employment Practices Commission. Growing Up Jehovah's Witness: 'Higher Education Is Spiritually Dangerous' When it comes to education, not all religions are created equal. We comply with such laws in harmony with the command: “Let every person be in subjection to the superior authorities,” or governments. After Griffen filed formal complaints against Chamberlin, Griffen was re-assigned to work in the library. These are noble goals, but Jehovah’s Witnesses have chosen a different path. According to the Bible, “if anyone does not provide for those who are his own, and especially for those who are members of his household, he has disowned the faith and is worse than a person without faith.” (1 Timothy 5:8) Secular education can help us fulfill the sacred obligation to support our families. 14 Volume 61, No. . “I am a public school teacher and I have a young lady in my class whose father just informed me that they are Jehovah’s Witnesses.Please tell me what types of activities my Jehovah’s Witness student might not be allowed to participate in. As for children of Jehovah’s Witnesses in UK Schools exactly the same as all the other kids. A primary school teacher assaulted a Jehovah’s Witness outside his temple while out celebrating the end of term. ****************** ******************, EVEN MORE JW SCHOOLTEACHER & JW SCHOOL EMPLOYEE COURT CASES ON NEXT PAGE, <<<------PREVIOUS PAGE----------HOME PAGE----------NEXT PAGE ------>>>, In April 2001, Cooke filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the school district. For instance, see the insert from the Watchtower2008 Sep 1, entitled “What Will be The “End Afterward”? He grew up a Jehovah's Witness, and like many others in the faith, he was homeschooled his … Within a few weeks, they allegedly had sex for the first time in Cancino's office. In August 2002, Benson filed BENSON II, in which she alleged retaliation based on "racial profiling", two job transfers, the denial of her health benefits, the Board's failure to promote her, and her constructive termination. And court documents support Lawson's statement. I presented the teacher with the brochure School and Jehovah’s Witnesses. On the recording he admits that the relationship turned sexual months later in 2001, when the girl was still 14 years old. Gilead School was first located at Kingdom Farm, in South Lansing, New York. They were kicked out of school. Greta Hawkins reportedly finally succeeded in eliminating any future singing of AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL by the start of the 2013-14 school year, in September 2013. The incident took place on September 11, when the boy’s teacher asked his class to salute the flag on the 12-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Jenkins noted that her Jehovah's Witnesses religion prohibits her from celebrating birthdays or participating in political functions. It is not known when the victim finally learned that Cancino was married with a newborn child. . Juan Manuel Cancino is apparently quite a "charmer". Unknown if she pursued legal action. Only 144,000 elect Jehovah's Witnesses will reign in heaven with Jesus. Dunn got the ACLU to take up her cause, and filed a federal lawsuit. Jehovahs Witness ONLY - WMD. Later in 1997, Benson complained to the Board about the denied raise and about remarks allegedly made by her then-supervisor, who Benson claimed disparaged her on the basis of her African-American race and WatchTower religion. AFRICAN-AMERICAN, (3.) Griffen also alleged that Chamberlin harassed her, on the basis of religion, when Chamberlin explained to the class that Griffen would not sign a birthday card because she did not celebrate birthdays. In November 2008, Juan Manuel Cancino reached a plea bargain deal with the Collier County Prosecutor, and pled. Hawaii News Now asked Sunia, now retired from HPD, why the child sex assault investigation did not switch ... to [Chad] Kalawaia. Bible dramas are a featured part of our district convention programs. The victim claims that Cancino began telephoning her at home over Christmas break 2004, and that when she returned to school in January 2005, that she began helping Cancino in the school's computer lab. A teacher from Florida has been suspended without pay for forcing a Jehovah’s Witness fourth-grader to take part in the oath of allegiance. At some point, Juan Cancino began working at Golden Gate High School, where he was both the school's computer technician and the assistant girl's soccer coach. TERRA J. SINKEVICIUS v. DePAUL UNIVERSITY was a 2008-2010 Illinois Human Rights Commission decision. Hell does not exist. The USDC ruled in her favor. 5 For example, we encourage parents to send their sons and daughters to school. The Bible shows that God wants people to worship him without being separated by age. In a jury determination of the damages suffered by the two Jehovah's Witnesses, they were awarded $259,098.00. Outcome unknown. When the teachers then requested that their students still be permitted to carry their American Flags, Greta Hawkins reportedly also refused to allow that because the American Flags were"unapproved materials". Not from a teacher's POV, but as someone whose best friend is a Jehovah's Witness, this is exactly what I'd do. With regard to their second argument, the court found that the oath was "not the least restrictive means of furthering the goal of having a loyal work force." Christie and Marrero were arrested for using tape to discipline five first-graders (all six years old) at different times. There is no indication that the Prosecutor ever filed different charges. In deference to those convictions, Paskind met with Palmer and instituted certain procedures to accommodate her. A parent, V. J. Emmanuel, appealed to the Supreme Court of India for legal remedy. Hawkins was alleged to have encouraged parents to return the completed forms to the school rather than mailing them themselves in exchange for two "NO HOMEWORK" passes for their children. *, Spiritual education teaches fine moral values. If you are looking for court cases involving adult Jehovah's Witnesses who are employed as School Teachers or other School Employees, then click this link to go to our JEHOVAH'S WITNESS SCHOOL TEACHERS - EMPLOYEES webpage available at our JW EMPLOYEES … That means that a BODY OF ELDERS at a local Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses KNEW that one of their members who was a school employee was preying on students, and they did not alert either that school nor law enforcement. Hall's wife filed assault charges against another female who grabbed a camera from her after she started taking photos of the protesters. The settlement amount is not known, but Cooke's lawsuit and a second unrelated settled lawsuit were both settled for a grand total of. William Lewis was fired from his job as Principal of Hall Grade School after he refused to participate in a school flag ceremony. I have a few students that are Jehovah’s witnesses, and am running into walls when I try to cover standards relating to patriotic and holiday songs. In June 1998, after filing two administrative grievances with the Board, Benson filed a charge with the EEOC alleging that the Board discriminated against her on the basis of her race and religion by failing to give her a pay raise and creating a hostile work environment. During this period, Joethelia Palmer refused to lead activities related to holidays like Columbus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. DUNN v. CLAYTON COUNTY GEORGIA BOARD OF EDUCATION was a 1982-3 Georgia civil court case which involved a Jehovah's Witness schoolteacher, named Janie Dunn. Fournier thereafter filed a lawsuit against the New Bedford Massachusetts School Committee seeking reinstatement to her position. The Cancinos made their home in the Naples, Florida area, and quickly had two children around 2005-09. Outcome unknown, but given that Sandbach was still teaching locally two years later, Sandbach may not have been prosecuted, and if tried, was not convicted.INDIANA v. MARY ELIZABETH CRONE was a 1935-36 MANSLAUGHTER prosecution of this Jehovah's Witness Teacher. Wigfall acknowledged that she had won her lawsuit prior to RFRA being overturned, but she was not asked, and she did not volunteer, how much $$$ she had been awarded. Jehovah's Witnesses are well known for their belief of the afterlife believing that when this world ends, there will be a separate heaven and an earthly paradise. Dunn was a Cosmetology Instructor at Jonesboro Senior High School. —How can I help my Jehovah’s Witness student feel welcome? Murray also threatened to post on the internet certain explicit photographs that he had taken of the victim. The College stated two compelling interests. . —How can I help my Jehovah’s Witness student feel welcome? We examine secular education options carefully. ." CALIFORNIA v. JASON MORRIS GORSKI was the 2016-18 California criminal prosecution of a HOMOSEXUAL Jehovah's Witness SCHOOL TEACHER who was appointed as a congregation ELDER during the same 2007-08 time period during which he was carrying on a homosexual relationship with a 13 year-old boy who also was a member of that same Cypress California Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. The boy's guardian claimed that the boy already suffered from an ear ailment, which the assault worsened, and required doctor's care. ... ... Joethelia Palmer appealed the USCA's adverse decision to the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1999, Zari Niada Wigfall testified about her "ordeal" in Washington D.C. before a Congressional sub-committee, which related to the fact that the Supreme Court had declared the RFRA unconstitutional (too late for California taxpayers, tho.) I AM A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER AND ONE OF MY STUDENTS IS A JEHOVAH’S WITNESS. This catastrophe evidences what "Evil Spirit" appoints the leadership of the WatchTower Cult. JEHOVAH'S WITNESS, In 2009, an African-American, female Jehovah's Witness named Greta Hawkins was hired as the PRINCIPAL at Brooklyn's PS90 Edna Cohen School -- apparently for as long as she desires. More than one incident possibly occurred, and more than one person possibly witnessed the indecent act(s). Lopez worked as a teacher's aide. Benson also claimed this position to be demeaning to her. #literature_cart Lewis had taught for several years in an adjacent county's school system, but that school system "traded" him to Morgan County after his recent conversion brought them similar headaches. Jul 8, 2020 - A JW witnessing letter idea for Jehovah’s witnesses. Hawkins purportedly told her staffers, "I'm a BLACK JEHOVAH'S WITNESS -- NOT A WHITE JEW!!! However, his confession states that he waited until the victim was 14 years-old to engage in sex. [Researchers should note that a California plaintiff with same name lost a medical malpractice case in early 2000s.]. Capitals, Jehovah’s Witness Students, Public High Schools in Pioneer Valley. While Benson I was ongoing, in February 2002, Evelyn Benson filed a second charge with the EEOC alleging that the Board retaliated against her for filing the 1998 EEOC charge and Benson I. Edrie Sandbach was employed at a school in Clark County, Indiana, while Mary Elizabeth Crone was employed at a Jeffersonville, Indiana, city school. Instead, like Jesus, we share “this good news of the Kingdom” throughout the earth, helping hundreds of thousands of people every year to transform their lives for the better. We generally have a "study hall" in the library for school-wide celebrations of allowable holidays. First, state law required the oath. As a teacher, I had Jehovah Witness students, who couldn’t do the Pledge or … Involves bad association 5. Outcome unknown. See the article “Should My Child Go to School?” in the March 15, 2003, issue of The Watchtower. Rowell got into a dispute with Lincoln Parish school officials after she would neither recite the Pledge of Allegiance nor salute the American flag. | Governments also see the value of education and often require young people to receive primary and secondary schooling. Griffen alleged that Chamberlin harassed her, on the basis of age, in January 2003, by stating that "even bus drivers know when to retire". Eliminating the recitation of the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE is yet to be achieved. After being reported by a victim, Garza was prosecuted and convicted of, In 2003, the then 69 year-old Sostenes Garza Sierra was arrested by I.C.E. Both Jehovah's Witnesses were later employed as teachers in adjoining Scott County, and retired after teaching for 25 years. In October 2000, the Board transferred Benson to the Office of Hard of Hearing and Visually Impaired, under the supervision of Ina Hymes, where Benson was assigned a clerical position, which Benson later claimed did not befit her title. How long before Kalawaia's 2009 confession was the BOE aware of such? This time, the pre-K teachers had been rehearsing their classes to sing the song, STAND UP FOR THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE, while marching into their graduation ceremony and waving American Flags. For example, God commanded the Israelites: “Gather the people together, the men, the women, the children, and your foreign resident who is within your cities, in order that they may listen and learn about and fear Jehovah your God and take care to carry out all the words of this Law.” (Deuteronomy 31:12) We follow this pattern in our meetings by encouraging families to sit together. The court renounced the College's first argument, finding that this rationale would lead to every state law being immune from attack on constitutional grounds, leaving individuals with hollow constitutional protections. We've talked about what school was like for … THE WATCHTOWER ANNOUNCINGJEHOVAH'S KINGDOM Audio download options Chibuzor later pled "not guilty" and was released on bail. The ACRD dismissed Griffen's discrimination charges after conducting its own investigation. 7 See the jw.org section “Viewpoints on the Origin of Life.”. (Romans 13:1) In addition, we encourage our children to apply themselves at school and to do their best, not being satisfied to do the bare minimum. In general, Jehovah’s Witness parents would appreciate early discussion with a headteacher or senior teacher about the nature of assembly and collective worship in particular. (EDITOR: Note that the article first states that then 26 year-old Chad Kalawaia started "dating" the victim when she was "14 years-old". All others will be annihilated. The following excerpt (edited) comes from a HAWAII NEWS NOW article published on November 26, 2019: "... On May 22, 2009, a man who worked at the girl's school, Chad Kalawaia, went to HPD headquarters to make a powerful statement. (1 Timothy 6:10) Jehovah’s Witnesses make every effort to avoid being ensnared by “the deceptive power of riches.”—Matthew 13:22. Jehovah's Witnesses. [In the past,] young people who did not get a degree were a disgrace to their families.” * In contrast, the Bible warns against seeking prominence in this world. Googling key terms also yields a Kevin Roy who held a School Teacher's Certificate (Physical Sciences) in the state of Indiana from 1989 until August 2006, when such expired. Interestingly, Chamberlin chose to retire at the end of the school year. Gonzalez-Rubio received probation, and unbelievably, he was allowed by local authorities to continue driving the same school bus route. With regard to Benson's claim of "constructive termination", details are again sketchy, but apparently Benson ceased going to her job on/after September 10, 2002, but claimed that she did so involuntarily because she "was constructively terminated and became disabled from her employment ... because of the emotional distress she was suffering from the retaliatory conduct of [the Board]". With regard to Benson's claims that these transfers were in "retaliation" for the events surrounding Benson I, the USDC ruled: NIGERIA v. JACOBSON CHIBUZOR was a 2008-09 Nigeria criminal case which involved a 37 year-old School Teacher named Jacobson Chibuzor. Other Witnesses will live in an eternal earthly paradise. An African-American Jehovah's Witness, named Terra Sinkevicius, was initially hired by DePaul University Library as a Student Assistant, in 1999. Griffen received improvement plans with instructions to focus on special needs children, and understood that lack of progress could lead to her termination. 2 To that end, we have published more than 11 million copies of literacy aids, such as Apply Yourself to Reading and Writing. In 2006, the USDC dismissed all of Benson's federal claims "with prejudice", and dismissed her state claims without prejudice to her refiling them in state court. A teacher from Florida has been suspended without pay for forcing a Jehovah’s Witness fourth-grader to take part in the oath of allegiance. As The World Book Encyclopedia states, a key purpose of education is to “enable people to become productive members of society . Joethelia Palmer was eventually terminated, and thereafter sought an injunction claiming a violation of her First Amendment rights. A former public elementary school teacher who is a Jehovah’s Witness has filed a lawsuit against the suburban Detroit school district where she used to work because, she claims, school officials ordered her to organize a classroom Valentine’s Day party and then sacked her because she refused. SOUTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS is an ongoing 2016 Michigan federal employment discrimination lawsuit filed by a female Jehovah's Witness named Yvonne Lemmons, late 50s, of Detroit, Michigan. 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