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New Hanover School Board says teachers, students can't be 'Friends'

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Teachers in New Hanover County will no longer be able to "friend" their students on Facebook. The school board voted to add this policy to the district's Code of Ethics.

According the New Hanover County School Board, Facebook and other social media outlets can be an easy way for teachers to cross the line of a professional relationship with students.

According to the New Hanover County School Board's amended Code of Ethics approved Tuesday night: "Though such sites are becoming engrained in the social fabric of our society, the board believes few reasons exist for teachers, school administrators and all other employees to communicate with students on personally administered pages of social networking sites."

Some students we spoke with think the policy is a good idea, but one parent we spoke with disagrees.

Connie Lee Cummings has a son at Myrtle Grove Middle School. She says Facebook is a great tool for her son, who has Asperger's, to keep in touch with his teachers outside of school.

"They make sure he's on top of what he's reading, and they do it through Facebook to make sure and communicate with him so he knows how to make sure everything is done when he needs to have it done," Cummings said.

Teachers are also not allowed to get in touch with students through other social media outlets like Myspace and Google+. However, teachers can request an exemption to the rule from their principal, which would be handled on a case by case basis.

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