[Guest post by DRJ]
Dave Warwak, a 44-year-old Illinois middle school art teacher, became a vegan in January 2007. Apparently it was a life-altering experience for Warwak in more ways than diet.
Warwak’s commitment to vegan principles was so strong that by mid-September, he had refused to teach “until the school stops serving milk and meat” and removes posters that (presumably) encouraged milk consumption:
“Dave Warwak has been a teacher at Fox River Grove Middle School for eight years. The 44-year-old became a vegan in January and believes the school is “feeding poison” to students. He also believes the school’s posters featuring milk are wrong. Warwak says he won’t return until the posters are removed.“
Warwak also admitted that he urged his students to do research about animal cruelty and handed out materials on vegan diets some parents considered graphic. From there, relations between Warwak and the school district apparently went downhill and Warwak was fired:
“The district superintendent and the principal told Warwak to stop sharing his vegan viewpoint. He refused.
Meantime Warwak has threatened a child endangerment lawsuit against the district for failing to inform the students about the health risks of eating meat.
The school board has voted 7-0 to fire him.”
Now Warwak has appealed:
“A vegan middle school teacher who vowed to persuade schools to change their menus is appealing his firing. Dave Warwak, 44, of Williams Bay, Wisconsin is asking the Illinois State Board of Education to appoint a hearing officer to review his firing from Fox River Grove Middle School. The teacher was fired after officials complained he had turned his art classes into lectures on veganism.
Warwak had said he would not return to the classroom unless the school served only lunches free of animal products. Saying that meat would remain on the menu, District 3 school board members voted Sept. 24 to fire him.”
Too bad for Warwak that he is an art teacher instead of an English teacher. He could teach vegan principles and animal cruelty material for a semester by assigning Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, and he would probably still be employed.
He looks healthy, though.