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Teacher duct-taped students: Akron school board pursues firing

An Akron, Ohio teacher duct-taped students on the mouth, snapped a photo, and put it on Facebook last year. Now, the school board voted that the teacher who duct-taped students shouldn't be a teacher. 

By Associated Press / January 22, 2013

After a teacher duct-taped students mouths in an Ohio classroom last year, the district voted last week to pursue firing the teacher. Here, Indiana 4th-graders excitedly volunteer their teacher to participate in an assembly Jan. 22.

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Akron, Ohio

A northeast Ohio middle-school teacher has until later this week to respond to an allegation that she posted a Facebook photo of her students with their mouths covered with duct tape.

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The Akron Public Schools Board of Education voted last week to pursue the firing of Melissa Cairns. She's a math teacher at Buchtel Community Learning Center.

The school district says the photo, posted on Cairn's personal Facebook page, showed some of her students with duct tape across their mouths. The caption read: "Finally found a way to get them to be quiet!!!" The district says a colleague of Ms. Cairns' notified a supervisor of the photo.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Cairns was put on paid leave Oct. 19. She hasn't responded to requests for comment.

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