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

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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  1. basshorn

    January 23, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Give me a break one time!

    The students instigated the event and all joined as an innocent prank.

    Isn’t there any room for levity in the classroom on occasion?

    Facebook…hmmm…probably not the best decision but still innocent. Losing her job? Lighten the heck up for cryin’ out loud!

  2. kevinsmith5

    January 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I think if she violated district policy on student privacy she is probably in trouble.