Faced with Scandals, Schools Consider Social Media Limits

Friday, May 18, 2012

Paul Roberts was “Teacher of the Year” when he was arrested and fired from his job teaching math at Stafford Middle School.

Administrators allege the 52-year-old educator’s Facebook conversations with two students featured lewd dialogue peppered with “profanity of a sexual nature.”

Similar incidents are cropping up across the country as social media tools proliferate.

In January, a California teacher was charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy. Investigators say that relationship began with text messages, Facebook postings and instant messaging. In Illinois, a former teacher pleaded guilty this month to inappropriate communications with a then-17-year-old student after allegedly sending more than 6,000 texts over a 3-month period.

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