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Ohio teacher accused of sleeping on job is fired

Published: Thu, November 11, 2010 @ 9:51 a.m.

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A northwestern Ohio school board is firing a longtime teacher after an investigation concluded she slept in class and repeatedly arrived late.

The firing of 71-year-old Carol Smith by Perkins district officials was recommended by a referee in the matter who said her actions were “totally unprofessional” and threatened the safety of her middle and high school students.

School board president Steve Schuster said Wednesday’s vote to terminate the 34-year veteran teacher followed lengthy deliberations.

The Sandusky Register reports students had testified class was “unruly” when Smith was late and that they played computer games when she slept.

Smith said she was late a handful of times and denied falling asleep. She testified a condition required her to rest her eyes.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

God Bless her for putting up with the kids all those years . Still teaching at seventy one shows her dedication . I wish her well in her retirement . Being a 34-year veteran teacher she should get a decent pension .

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2Traveler(606 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I doubt here pension benefit where the reason that she was still working. I have worked with several people in construction that where 70+ years old and they where convince if they retired they would die.

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3ValleyNative(174 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

It's called coffee

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4ytownoh330(14 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

God bless her who the heck would want to deal with these kids now a days all those years?

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5Woody(492 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

She could have been double dipping. Retired at full pension, then rehired at first year teacher wages. Lots of schools are doing it. Save them money, because benefits are then paid for by the Teacher Retirement System and not the school board.

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6seminole(476 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

We have teachers doing their taxes and talking on their cell phones in Boardman, no one busts these "outstanding" teachers. How come?..

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