Law bans private texting between teachers and students

August 8, 2011
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Missouri law limits texting between teacher and student.

A Missouri law which takes effect within a month limits all private online communication between a teacher and student.  It also makes it illegal for a teacher and student to be Facebook friends.  The goal of the law is to minimize the potential for inappropriate sexual behavior between a teacher and minor.  Others, however, feel the law may be too broad.  For instance, could a coach text a student about an upcoming practice?  Can a teacher email a student about a homework assignment?  Clearly, there are a lot of unanswered questions.  “There’s a lot of confusion,” says Susan Goldammer, an attorney for the Missouri School Boards’ Association.  Any necessary electronic communication between teacher and student should also be viewable by the parents.

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