Proposed bill would restrict texting, emails between students and educators

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A new bill is being proposed in Indiana that’s meant to help prevent inappropriate relationships between students and staff.

According to Fox59, Senate Bill 266 would require all emails and texts between students and school employees and volunteers to be forwarded to the student’s parents and the principal.

They would also be stored by the district for two years.

The bill was authored by Republican Sen. Dennis Kruse, who says keeping the correspondence would help in criminal cases or lawsuits, protect district employees and prevent any inappropriate relationships.

Some educators say the bill needs more study, specifically language that says failing to comply with the requirements could lead to a misdemeanor, with possible jail time and a fine.

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