I am writing in response to the article "Lawsuit: Student accuses Ludlowe High School teacher of assault, sexual harassment" in the Fairfield Citizen March 30. This letter concerns only the teacher, John Honey, not the suit's allegations.

As many people in Fairfield know, John has taught in the town for more than 40 years, and I was fortunate to teach biology with him for most of that time. I feel that I know John better than most; in many ways, we have been like brothers.

He is an outstanding biology teacher who has nothing but the best interests of his students at heart. I do know that, for decades, students have raved about his classes and appreciated the time he has devoted to help them learn and develop as people.

I have been in his classes hundreds of times and have always seen an extraordinary atmosphere of learning and an environment of student-teacher comfort and mutual respect.

Therefore, I am truly saddened to see a teacher who has given most of his life to educating Fairfield's young people have his name and life "dragged through the mud" by such an article, especially when he cannot yet tell his side of the story.

I know the people who have met John through the years as students, parents or both will agree with me. Fairfield should be grateful for teachers such as John Honey who have been such a positive part of the Fairfield School System. I am proud to call him my friend.

Andrew Bednarik