10/9/14 – 5:14 A.M.
The Liberty-Benton School District is holding its ground over the firing of a former teacher. The Courier reports lawyers for the district appealed a Hancock County judge’s ruling in the case this week. Earlier this year a ruling in Hancock County said that Mark Badertscher should be reinstated by the district, but the case has now been taken to the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima.
The school’s attorneys argued that Badertscher showed a long history of negligence during his 21 years of teaching. The list of infractions included a May 2012 incident where a student lost consciousness for about 10 seconds after another student put him in a chokehold. It happened when Badertscher left his classroom during an exam.
Judge Reginald Routson ruled this year that the way the school board wrote their documents made it seem like there were only 10 incidents to support dismissal. The school board has argued they should be able to set their own standards for what is a fireable offense.
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