Teacher caught driving with 11 students in 5-passenger car with 2 children stuffed in trunkBy Mason White 11:17 AM December 23, 2014
By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A teacher drove with 11 students to Walmart, to buy some snacks.
Now, the teacher lost her job despite begging for forgiveness and promising to never take students out of school grounds without permission.
The middle school teacher of Oklahoma, has been fired after school officials said she put the students in the trunk of her car to run an errand.
Heather Cagle, who taught at the Wells Middle School in Catoosa, allowed 11 students to ride in her 5-passenger Honda Accord, for a trip to Walmart.
Seven of the children piled into the back seat, two sat in front and two 12-year-old girls were locked in the trunk. Cagle did not get permission from their parents or school officials to take the children to the store.
“It was a terrible mistake,” she told the school board. “I did not want to hurt anyone. I just wanted to do something nice,” she said.
Cagle did not go far with her students. She drove to the Walmart store just behind the middle school. The two buildings reportedly share a parking lot.
A lawyer for the Catoosa Public Schools, called the act “mental abuse.” However, Cagle’s lawyer said that the teacher simply violated a seatbelt law, and did not force any of the children into her car.
However, the board voted to fire the teacher, who has worked for the school since 2005.
About 50 people showed up in support of Cagle at the school hearing, but the board voted 4 to 1 for her dismissal.