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Students: Cumberland teacher felt sick, taught lesson before lying on cot

Posted April 27

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— Cumberland County Schools says it’s investigating after video surfaced on social media showing a teacher at Terry Sanford High School lying down on a cot while students sat nearby.

Superintendent Frank Till says the school district is investigating the video. The teacher, Nicole Montunnas, told officials she was feeling ill, Till said.

Several students who spoke to WRAL News also said Montunnas told them she was feeling sick. They said the video was taken in the last few minutes of class and that Montunnas had taught for about an hour before lying down.

The video was posted on Twitter Tuesday morning, but has since been removed. The school system said it had received multiple calls about the incident.

It’s unclear whether Montunnas worked Wednesday. Montunnas and the principal of the school could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

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  • Max Hall Apr 28, 9:42 a.m.
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    The problem with 'Social Media'...

    CONTEXTFirst there was 'short attention span theater'... now there is 'zero attention span news'

  • Thomas Morris Apr 27, 10:42 p.m.
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    Jarfaris Brown Please disregard my previous post...I misread your reply and realized my mistake after posting. I have gotten so used to Internet trolls ripping teachers I'm getting trigger happy with the replies. Please accept my apology....I just hope people do realize this was an exception, not the norm. And again, apologies!

  • Thomas Morris Apr 27, 10:35 p.m.
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    Are you a high school teacher? If so, do you do this or see this on a regular basis with your colleagues? I've been teaching for 25 years, and as of now I can count on one hand with 4 fingers cut off the number of times I've known of a high school teacher laying on a cot while in class with students present; not to say that it hasn't happened at some level K-12, but I don't think it qualifies as a "common occurrence"....much more the exception than the norm. Your comment comes across as yet another internet troll making derogatory comments toward the teaching profession, as if we just kick back and take a "cot break" at work when we feel like it.

  • Lynn Wilhelm Apr 27, 10:34 p.m.
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    Yeah, I completely forgot that she might have been up til 2 am preparing for class.
    And then maybe lost all of her planning time subbing for another teacher or attending an IEP meeting.
    And maybe she'll have no real lunch because of hall duty and tutoring students in her room.
    Or perhaps she's trying to make some dramatic point about the way some students sleep in class when they should be doing math...

  • Jarfaris Brown Apr 27, 9:02 p.m.
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    No not a common occurrence at all. Most teachers don't get to do that when they get home.

  • Thomas Morris Apr 27, 7:19 p.m.
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    Maybe a common occurrence for her, not for the vast majority of teachers in the state.

  • Lynn Wilhelm Apr 27, 5:04 p.m.
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    I won't pretend to know what's going on with this teacher, but it can be really, really hard for a teacher to get someone to cover a class.
    Or maybe she knows how hard it is on your department and the administration when you take a sick day.
    And maybe she wasn't extremely sick, and if she could just lie down for a few moments when students are working on independent work she'll make it through the day.

    Just saying.

    (the cot is a bit excessive though...)

  • Byrd Ferguson Apr 27, 5:01 p.m.
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    This photo is strange enough, but I wonder if this is the first time she's layed on the cot? Bizarre!!

  • Jarfaris Brown Apr 27, 4:50 p.m.
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    This really hurts the articles and video WRAL posted about teachers deserving a raise. I have some question about what a cot is doing in a classroom? Also, makes me think this is a common occurrence.