A new Missouri law banning teachers from communicating with their students via Facebook could one day affect students and teachers in North Texas.
The Missouri law says teachers are prohibited from befriending students and from teaching their classes in virtual environments like Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, the law prohibits teachers from sending private messages to student’s on any social networking site.
“The law was proposed after an Associated Press investigation found 87 Missouri teachers had lost their licenses between 2001 and 2005 because of sexual misconduct, some of which involved exchanging explicit online messages with students,” according to DigitalBurg.com.
It remains to be seen what if any national implications the law has when students return to school in a couple weeks.
The ACLU said the law violates the first amendment and is considering legal action.