Missouri Teachers Sue for Right to Contact Students Online

Posted Aug 22, 2011

Missouri teachers have filed a lawsuit against the state’s new law that prevents teachers and students from maintaining a “non work-related website that allows exclusive access with a current or former student.” The law, which Gizmodo reports goes into effect next week, is clearly intended to prevent inappropriate sexual relations between teachers and students, but prevents all interactions. The teachers suing say the law infringes on their First Amendment rights.

The Missouri State Teachers Association is behind the challenge to the law. The most perplexing part of the law, to me, is that it prevents online contact with former students. I’m Facebook friends with a few former teachers of mine because they were great influences in my life and I do consider them friends. If the Missouri court rules against the law at all, I predict they’ll at least axe that “former” from the wording.