Ore. sex abuse case raises teacher text question
Monday, March 19, 2012
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Flirty text messages in a sexual abuse case in Central Oregon have raised a question about boundaries and new technology: Should teachers be allowed to send individual text messages to students?
The director of a Redmond charter school has been accused of abusing a 15-year-old girl. In court papers, police describe text messages that allowed the school leader to say things he might not otherwise have said.
The Bulletin of Bend (http://bit.ly/FSkkGE) says the Oregon School Boards Association recommends teachers text only groups, such as a class or team. But the Redmond Proficiency Academy has expected teachers to be available after class for student calls, texts and email.
The paper said the school plans to look at other policies, which vary among schools in the area.
Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com