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Vegan teacher wants job back

FOX RIVER GROVE -- A District 3 art teacher fired last week for allegedly turning his classes into sessions promoting veganism and animal rights is appealing his termination.

Dave Warwak, 44, of Williams Bay, Wis., sent a letter to school officials at District 3 and the Illinois State Board of Education on Wednesday requesting a hearing for his appeal.

His letter accuses school officials of preventing him from performing his duties as an art teacher at Fox River Grove Middle School and of exposing him to “hatred, contempt, and ridicule” while he was trying to perform those duties.

Board members voted, 7-0, to fire Warwak on Sept. 24. They said he began teaching veganism and animal rights instead of art without telling school officials or parents, told students to keep it a secret, and then refused to answer school officials’ questions about what he was teaching.

Earlier in September, Warwak had distributed literature to students that school officials and parents said contained graphic images about animal cruelty in food production that were inappropriate for middle school children.

Warwak said he offered the information as a response to the school’s refusal to remove posters promoting milk from the cafeteria. In his letter Wednesday, he wrote that he was educating students about the power of advertising in the visual arts.

He also accused District 3 Superintendent Jacqueline Krause and Fox River Grove Principal Tim Mahaffy of neglecting their duties.

town: Fox River Grove

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