Grammar school teacher burns students’ arms, not fired.

My headline is above and the the NYT’s headline below:

Teacher With Bible Divides Ohio Town

Mr. Freshwater, an eighth-grade public school science teacher, is accused of burning a cross onto the arms of at least two students.

Wait…he what?!

Mr. Freshwater, who declined to be interviewed, has said he did not mean to burn a cross on any student’s arm. Instead, he said he intended to leave a temporary X on the skin using a device called a Tesla coil during a science demonstration.

Can I ask why the bible and not this skin burning device was the headline and lead??

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