A teacher is under pressure for posting pictures of her students with duct tape across their mouths. What was intended as a funny moment within a class has become an issue for an Ohio school board.
When a middle-school student had trouble with her binder, 33-year-old teacher Melissa Cairns gave her some duct tape to hold it together. Instead, the student put the tape across her mouth. Getting a laugh from students encouraged others to do the same.
According to Cairns, the students asked her to talk a picture. She did. And posted it to Facebook with the caption, "Finally found a way to get them to be quiet!!!"
Another school employee reported her. Cairns removed the picture, as requested, but she is now suspended on unpaid leave, awaiting the school's decision.
- What about the teacher's perspective (in her video interview) makes sense to you? What doesn't?
- If you were the school principal, how would you handle the situation?
- Imagine that you're a parent of one of the children whose picture was posted. What do you suppose your reaction might be?
- The CNET article refers to Cairns' "private" Facebook page. Is Facebook private?
- What could a school do to prevent this type of situation in the future?