Student-Teacher Social Media Ban Illegal, Suit Claims

Law360, New York (August 22, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT) -- A Missouri teacher argued Friday in a putative class action that new state regulations that bar teachers from communicating privately with students on social networking sites should be struck down as unconstitutional.

Christina Thomas, a public school teacher, claimed the regulations, part of a new law and which Missouri school districts must implement by the end of the year, are an overbroad restraint on legitimate, protected speech and violate the First and Fourteenth amendments.

Thomas launched the case against her own Ladue School District and a...
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