(From August 2011) The accompanying video shows the CNN segment from Thursday in which Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, and I discuss the new Facebook Law.
In the video, Cunningham does the following:
-Continues to label Missouri teachers as predators, and continuing the lie that there are more in Missouri than in most other states. As I have noted before, one of the reasons Missouri has had a larger number of teachers lose their teaching licenses for sexual offenses is because this state actually toughened its laws. We are being penalized because our statistics are higher than states where nothing has been done.
-Tells viewers that there are more sex offenders among Missouri teachers than there are in the Catholic Church.
-She plays word games. Of course, she says, the law doesn't target teachers, because there are also administrators, coaches, and counselors who have to follow it. All of those people fall under the category of educators. She also continues repeating her mantra that Facebook is not mentioned in the law. No, of course, it is not, but the law obviously includes Facebook.
-With her longstanding grudge against public schools and teachers, it is obvious she is enjoying the fallout from this law. She says the law doesn't prohibit anything, which is false, unless by that she means (and she does) that school boards are the ones who are going to have to implement the policies and it is up to them.
-Doesn't ever say how this will prevent even one child from being victimized. Mrs. Cunningham, who railed against big government when it came to the health care plan, has no problem with it if it helps her continue her war against public education.
I apologize for the poor quality of the video.