Teacher Posts Photo of Duct-Taped Students on Facebook, Faces Termination

The math teacher from Akron, Ohio says the picture was only meant as a joke

By Raluca Anghel on January 23rd, 2013 09:20 GMT

Melissa Cairns of Akron, Ohio, has been placed on leave and might face termination over a picture she posted on Facebook.

The photo was of her students with their mouths duct-taped. According to News Channel 5, it all started out as a joke and she posted the pic because she found it funny.

“Finally found a way to get them to be quiet,” she wrote in the caption.

She explained that the duct tape was pulled out to fix a binder, but a female student cut out a strip of it and put it over her mouth instead. The rest of the students followed her example, and the teacher snapped a shot of them.

Cairns works at the Buchtel Community Learning Center, where she teaches seventh and eighth grade math.

“Do I feel that this one, stupid mistake should cost me the last 10 years of all the good I’ve done? Absolutely not,” she says in the interview posted above.
Teacher Posts Photo of Duct-Taped Students on Facebook, Faces Termination
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