(NEWSNET5) — AKRON, Ohio – An Akron middle-school teacher could be fired after she posted a photograph on Facebook which showed duct tape covering the mouths of several of her students.

A caption under the picture read: “Finally found a way to get them to be quiet!!!”

The teacher, Melissa Cairns, told NewsChannel5 that the post, which she now regrets, was meant to be a joke and the students encouraged her take a picture of their covered mouths in the classroom.

“Do I feel that this one, stupid mistake should cost me the last 10 years of all the good I’ve done? Absolutely not,” Cairns said.

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