"I haven’t gotten to that in my bill-reading process yet. I’m sorry, I just haven’t, so I wouldn’t want to speak to that. I’ll get back to the capital tonight and do some more bill reading. That one hasn’t crossed my desk. At the right time, if you ask me that, I’ll give you a great answer."It has been noted on this blog and other sources that Facebook made it possible for Joplin teachers to contact students who were their Facebook "friends" and cut down greatly on the amount of time it took us to account for all of our students. But that is not the only legitimate purpose educators have for communicating with students through Facebook or other social networking sites.
As I have been noting for months (in fact years, since this is not the first time Mrs. Cunningham has proposed this law), it is not just the emergency application of social networking that makes the bill so ridiculous, but also the educational aspects, as many teachers have incorporated Facebook. That provision of Mrs. Cunningham's Amy Hestir Student Protection Act does not do one thing to protect students from perverted teachers, and sadly, there are a few, but it does a lot to make things more difficult for those who have never crossed the boundaries between teachers and students, and it adds to the growing number of attempts made by Mrs. Cunningham and others to paint a false portrait of public school teachers based on the actions of a very minute minority.