Referee will intervene in Akron duct-taped students case
8:50 AM, Jan 23, 2013
AKRON, Ohio - A referee is going to hear the case of an Akron teacher who may be fired over 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 is trying to fire Melissa Cairns, a middle-school math teacher.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the teachers' union on Tuesday filed a request for a referee, who will then make a recommendation to the school board.
The 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!!!"
Cairns told NewsChannel5 that posting the photo was "stupid and not well thought out."