Judge Puts Hold On Teacher-Student Social Media Ban

Law360, New York (August 26, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT) -- A Missouri judge on Friday blocked implementation of a law banning teachers from having private conversations with students on social networking sites, deciding that the statute would have a “chilling effect on speech.”

The law aimed to protect students from sexual misconduct, in part by prohibiting teachers from using any website unrelated to work — like Facebook and other forms of social media — to privately connect to current and former students who are minors that have not graduated.

Judge Jon E. Beetem said that ordering an injunction before Sunday — when the law was scheduled to into effect — was...

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