Watch: Teacher’s Facebook photo of students could get her fired

By staff and wire services reports
January 23rd, 2013

Akron, Ohio middle school math teacher Melissa Cairns could see her career come to a grinding halt next Monday when the Akron Public Schools Board of Education meets to decide whether to fire her over a controversial photo posted to her Facebook, the Huffington Post reports. The 33-year-old seventh and eighth grade teacher at Buchtel Community Learning Center was placed on paid leave Oct. 19 upon discovery of a Facebook photo depicting eight or nine of Cairns’ 16 students with duct tape over their mouths and a caption reading, “Finally found a way to get them to be quiet!!!” Cairns has been teaching in the district since 2007, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Cairns told WEWS the post was meant to be a joke, but she regrets posting it to Facebook. One student was using the duct tape to fix a binder and jokingly placed a piece over her own mouth. The student’s peers quickly joined in, and the class encouraged Cairns to take a photo. The image has since been removed from Facebook…

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