New Law in Missouri Bans Teachers from ‘Friending’ Their Pupils

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It would never have been thought of a few years ago.  But now the state of Missouri in America has a new law that focuses on the rise of social media – and the relationship between teachers and their students.

The law does not come into action until the end of this month, but it has already made headlines around the world.  According to the law it will no longer be legal for teachers to talk to their students on social media sites.  They will not be able to friend them on Facebook or interact with them on any other social media site of any kind.

This may seem like a drastic measure, and it has certainly got everyone talking.  This is true even in areas outside of Missouri, where no such law currently exists.  However State Senator Jane Cunningham has said that Missouri is in 11th place in the entire nation for (in her words) “teachers losing their licenses for student sex misconduct with their students.”

Some say it is wrong for the law to focus purely on social media sites.  The law will be known as the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act.  According to reports and Ms Hestir’s testimony, she was involved in a sexual relationship when she was in junior high.  There is no mention of social media in the reports of her relationship with a teacher, but clearly lawmakers want to ensure that teachers and students do not form relationships online.


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