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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. 

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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