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Earlier this month, NBC Bay Area News reported that many inappropriate student-teacher relationships began over text messaging and social media. This is not entirely surprising to San Francisco criminal defense attorneys who know that the line between appropriate and inappropriate communications is rather blurry, especially when school districts do not create policies for teacher/student communication outside of school.
Teachers are teachers because they want to help students learn and succeed which is why when they receive a Facebook message or text message from a student asking about an assignment over the weekend, they want to respond and help the student. When a school district does not put a communication policy in place for teachers and students, teachers do not have any real guidelines as to the type of communication that would be supported and viewed positively by school officials. When a communications policy is in place, teachers feel protected because they then have an authority that tells them right from wrong when it comes to outside of school communications.
Teachers are in a unique and undesirable situation when it comes to communicating with students outside of the classroom. They want to help their students, but they also know that false allegations and suspicions may arise when it comes to private messaging due to the following:
If you have been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student or any other type of crime, contact a San Francisco criminal defense attorney with Okabe & Haushalter to discuss any claims or potential claims against you and your defense options.