“It was a terrible mistake.”
A middle school teacher from Wells Middle School in Cantoosa, OK was fired by district officials after admitting to unsafely transporting 11 middle school students on a trip to Wal-Mart.
Heather Cagle is taking heat after her school district found that she had stuffed two students in the front seat of her Honda Accord, seven in the back seat and two 12-year-old girls who were locked in the trunk of her car. She was suspended on Oct. 23. The parents and school were not notified of the snack-run.
The school board met for 4 hours and deliberated for one hour deciding whether or not to dismiss the teacher. The school board voted 4-1 to dismiss Cagle for her lack of good judgement.
Cagle also told the school board:
I didn’t want to hurt anyone. I just wanted to do something nice.
Around 50 former students and parents of students spoke on her behalf or showed up to support Cagle.
Cagle’s attorney, Richard O’Carroll also spoke up, saying:
There wasn’t any danger and it was a farce. All you got to do is cry a lawsuit or something these days. It wasn’t the best judgement. She went 400 yards on an empty road through a parking lot. No one was hurt.
Her attorney also pointed out she didn’t force students into her car and only broke a seat-belt law.
Yet, while that may be, why didn’t the students all just walk the 400 yards together after letting the school know? Or why not have another teacher step in for 15 minutes and watch the class? There is a severe lack of critical thinking displayed here.
The school board and other officials disagreed, attorney Karen Long, said:
No parent or grandparent or guardian should ever expect that any teacher, particularly not an experienced teacher, will take their children off campus in the trunk of a personal vehicle.
Cagle had been a teacher at Wells Middle School since 2005 where she instructed math and yearbook classes. It was the Yearbook students who Cagle decided to “reward” with snacks that day.