23/12/2014 12:33 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Teacher Sacked For Cramming 11 Pupils Into Car - Including Two In The Boot!


A teacher has been sacked after she crammed 11 students into her car – including two in the boot.

Heather Cagle piled the 12-15-year-olds into her car to go to a supermarket in the middle of the school day.

She said she was trying to do 'something sweet' for her students by getting them treats.

Mum-of-one Mrs Cagle had taught maths for 10 years at Wells Middle School in Catoosa, Oklahoma.

A disciplinary hearing was told that on October 21, she invited 11 kids to go on a ride to a nearby Wal-mart to get some food.

She placed two students in the front seat of her Honda Accord, crammed seven in the backseat and stuffed a pair of 12-year-old girls into the boot.

School district attorney Karen Long said Mrs Cagle was required to obtain signed permission from the students' parents before taking them out of school, which she had failed to do.

About 50 fellow teachers, parents and former students turned up at the meeting to support Mrs Cagle as she tearfully begged for her job.

She said she never meant to hurt anyone and vowed to never repeat her 'terrible mistake'.

But the Catoosa School Board voted four to one to terminate her employment.

Catoosa Superintendent Rick Kibbe said in a statement: "Student safety and well-being are of paramount importance to the administration, and the administration respects and supports the board's decision.

"Catoosa Public Schools has and will continue to be a district which provides all students with a safe and appropriate learning environment."

Mrs Cagle's lawyer, Richard O'Carroll, forcefully defended his client whom he called an 'exceptional teacher.'

He said: "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."