John Harrison, fired Bishop O'Connell teacher, files age discrimination lawsuits

Harrison has filed age discrimination lawsuits over his firing. (Photo: ABC7)

The Bishop O'Connell High School history teacher who says he was fired due to his age has officially filed two age discrimination complaints just weeks after he was let go.

John Harrison says he was fired by the Arlington private school to bring in two younger, less expensive teachers. A decorated Army Vietnam veteran, Harrison told ABC 7 that it had been his dream to be a high school Social Studies teacher after a career as a lawyer.

In the aftermath of the firing, more than 100 students rallied in support of Harrison outside the school's campus. A Facebook group, "DJO Alumni against the firing of Mr. Harrison," already has more than 3,300 supporters. One of them includes the school's immediate past chaplin.

Meanwhile, students tell ABC 7 that there is still a lot of tension on campus and that the school has yet to explain the firing.

In response to the outcry over Harrison's firing, Bishop O'Connell officials said they could not discuss individual personnel matters. In a statement, they said that they understand the difficulty of change, but they acknowledge that change must occur so that the school can flourish.