Schools seek control, even when teachers, students aren't in school
Manatee's board lawyer John Bowen told his board this week that as it ponders its social media policy, teachers are "never off the clock with the code of ethics and the principles of the teaching profession." (Bradenton Herald) Leery board members called for more review.
Orange officials told their board that while students must be responsible for their own actions, their sexting and so forth could lead to expulsion even if done off campus if it leads to problems on campus.
"If there is reasonable suspicion of disruption to the school campus, that would allow an administrator to look at the object of the disruption," administrator Mary Louise Wicks said. (Orlando Sentinel)
How far should the long arm of the school districts reach in such instances? Should it matter if a student or a teacher is involved? And how does that pesky First Amendment fit into all of this? Let's hear your thoughts.