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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