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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.

Letter to
President, Akron Board of Education Jason Haas
Stop Punishing Melissa Cairns

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.