CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1991 |
A former Santa Ana schoolteacher and Air Force reservist, now serving a year in a military prison for refusing to fight in the Gulf War, has become a cause celebre with Amnesty International and a local anti-war group. In June, Amnesty International included John M. Dickinson, a 34-year-old former second lieutenant in the reserve, as one of only 28 "prisoners of conscience" in the United States who were unfairly prosecuted.
May 27, 1992 |
Schoolteacher John M. Dickinson, an Air Force Reserve lieutenant who was jailed for refusing to fight in the Persian Gulf War, will not lose his teaching credential because of his act of resistance, state officials announced Tuesday. Dickinson, 35, an Irvine resident who teaches fifth grade at Jackson Elementary School in Santa Ana, was thrilled and relieved to learn that the state Commission on Teacher Credentialing decided not to revoke his license on the grounds of "moral turpitude."
May 10, 1992 |
John Dickinson--devoted husband, popular schoolteacher and military felon--shakes his head at the small TV in the corner of his living room. News of the Los Angeles riots blares alarmingly, but Dickinson is not surprised by the looting and arson. "If the state shows people that in every case the solution to problems is to use violence, why are they surprised that citizens act this way?" he said. "The government has a problem with Panama, so they invade it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1992 |
A former Air Force Reserve lieutenant who was dishonorably discharged for refusing to serve in Operation Desert Storm said he may also lose his job teaching fifth-graders. John M. Dickinson said he received a letter from the state Commission on Teacher Credentialing saying he was under investigation for moral turpitude related to his refusal to serve in the Persian Gulf. "My dictionary says that moral turpitude is depravity, baseness, vileness," he said. "What I did was refuse to serve in a war.