Melissa Cairns, a middle school teacher in Akron, Ohio, may be fired for posting a picture of her students with duct tape over their mouths on Facebook with the caption: “Finally found a way to get them to be quiet!!!”
The students had placed the duct tape over their own mouths and asked her to take a picture of the joke, reports WEWS-TV.
But a colleague reportedly saw the picture on Cairns’ Facebook page, did not find it funny and told on her to school officials.
Cairns told WEWS-TV: “Do I feel that this one, stupid mistake should cost me the last 10 years of all the good I’ve done? Absolutely not."
Even though she took the the picture down, the Akron School Board voted to fire Cairns earlier this month.
Akron School Board President Jason Haas suggested that the students' rights had somehow been violated by choosing to participate in a joke: “Students are protected under federal law and they have certain protections. Not knowing all the circumstances, it looked like that potentially violates those protections.”
Cairns attorney told WEWS-TV that she would file an appeal today.
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