Melissa Cairns, a middle school math teacher at Buchtel Community Learning Center in Akron, Ohio is on unpaid administrative leave and is facing being fired after an Akron public schools worker noticed a photo posted on Facebook of a group of students with duct tape across their mouths. The caption on the photo: "Finally found a way to get them to be quiet!!!" The photo was the students' idea in what all involved agree was a harmless joke. While posting to Facebook does raise some interesting questions and presents "a teachable moment" to form a policy regarding student-teacher social media interactions, it is the belief of the undersigned that Melissa Cairns has been punished enough and should be allowed to retain her job.
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