On Wednesday the New Hampshire House will vote on whether schools should be able to compel students to disclose their social media activity.
The bill bans schools from demanding access to a student’s user name and password or requiring students to “friend” school officials on Facebook.
It would apply to private and public schools, K through colleges and universities. Prime Sponsor, Merrimack Rep Katherine Rogers says schools that demand access to a student’s social media accounts without a search warrant are denying that student the civil right to privacy.
Any school or any student resource officer is allowed to go in and request a search warrant just as any prosecutor can.
Rogers says with a warrant, evidence of bullying can be used in court if necessary.
Schools would retain the right to monitor their computers and networks.
Fourteen other states have a similar law in place, according to Rogers.