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Ohio teacher who slept in class is fired

Associated Press / November 12, 2010

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SANDUSKY, Ohio — 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 Carol Smith, 72, 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.

Steve Schuster, school board vice president, said Wednesday’s vote to terminate the teacher of 34 years followed lengthy deliberations.

The Sandusky Register reported that students had testified that 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 said a condition required her to rest her eyes.

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