Teacher Who 'Shut Up' Her Students With Duct Tape Deserves an Award

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duct tapeHere we go again! Another teacher is facing being fired over a Facebook posting. Melissa Cairns uploaded a photo of several students with duct tape across their mouths and the words: "Finally found a way to get them to be quiet!!!"

It sounds nuts. But should we really be firing this woman? I say we should be giving her a great teacher award!

See, the seventh and eighth grade teacher says it was all a misunderstanding. The Facebook photo was a joke, and the "friend" who reported it to her bosses didn't know the back story. According to Cairns, one of the kids in her math class asked for some duct tape to fix a binder.

Instead of putting it on the book, however, the kid put it on her mouth, starting a chain reaction of students who were kidding around, each affixing a piece of tape to their own mouths. They were the ones, Cairns claims, who encouraged her to take the photo.

And I believe her. Think about it. You have nine kids, all around 13 or 14, with duct tape on their mouths. Do you really think they'd stand for a teacher doing that to them in a punitive manner?

So she let them joke around. Good for her!

Kids like to have fun, and a good teacher knows how to use that in the classroom to gain kids' trust and funnel it into the learning process. My daughter comes home daily with stories of silly things her teacher had done or let her do, and inside I'm relieved. She's taken great strides in math and reading this year with this fun-loving teacher running the classroom.

I wonder sometimes if we aren't so focused on the stress of getting our kids through school that we forget the age-old saying about attracting more flies with honey than vinegar. Our kids' teachers need to have sense of humor if they really want to connect with our kids!

Did you have a really fun teacher when you were a kid? Tell us about them!


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Silve... Silvernail

I get wanting to joke around, and that's probably what this was but those kids weren't hers so she shouldn't have posted a picture of other people's kids on her Facebook page.

nonmember avatar tulip

Someone is always going to be offended by something. People just need to chill out and let kids be kids, like this teacher did. Most kids are already on Facebook anyway so who cares? Find something REAL to complain about people! Too bad more teachers aren't so carefree.

Silve... Silvernail

I have a friend who is a teacher and she isn't allowed to be Facebook friends with her students. Also even though these kids are probably already on Facebook is not the point, it is not a teachers place to post pictures of other peoples kids on her Facebook page.

redK8... redK8blueSt8

As soon as it's mentioned that it was 7th and 8th graders, I knew it was a joke. No harm done to those kids, them being silly middle school kids.

I really hope the teacher doesn't get fired for playing along with her students. Maybe they'll stand up for her.

nonmember avatar tulip

If the parents don't mind their kids friending their teacher on Facebook to begin with, do you really think they mind their pictures being posted? They were in class, not at some party.

mommy... mommy4everof3

First, teenagers like teasing their teachers. Second, if this teacher was not accepted by the students and the students were not comfortable with this teacher, this would never have happened.  Now, we all live in the "facebook" age and whatever happens in nearly everyone's lives eventually ends up on facebook. The teacher has some "professional" responsibility here, but lets get real, this is seriously not a concern at this point. There are other major concerns and issues that parents of teens need to be concerned about.

Uknow Youcanttouchthis

If you find something constructive to do, you'll find 100 politically correct nitwits to complain about it.

As for those who say "it's not her kid, so blah blah blah", I say get over yourself, and join the real world.

Brandy Clark Patterson

So what if they are not her "kids". Mostly likely some of them spend more time with during the day than their own parents. I say as long as the kids are not naked or doing something aweful, who cares if she puts a picture of them on facebook. Jeez at least she actually spending time with her students. Move on fimd something better to complain about!!

nonmember avatar Teach

I am a teacher and once posted on FB that I felt like I had been 'rolled over by a steamroller' and it was reported by a friend that I commented about an argument over something in a meeting. I said not one word about school or anyone at school or ANYTHING related to school. I ended up being called into administration and having something written in my file over it - with the added comment that I 'reported that I simply was stating that I had a bad day'. It's ridiculous that people twist things around. I've had kids ask for tape many times and put it over their mouthes. BIG DEAL... She made a poor choice in posting the photo. Should she lose her job and (most likely) be unable to get another? No. I'd like to see most people who complain about teachers- do what we do, put in the hours and love that we do, have to watch everything we say or do, and maintain some semblance of joy so we can do it again day after day.

nonmember avatar NH Mom

If she's not friends with the kids on FB, didn't tag them and didn't add their names then no harm, no foul! Those kids will remember that moment of fun loving more than anything in their school careers! Sounds like yearbook material to me! Hope the teacher makes out ok..please keep us posted!

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