Today's Newsletter: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Social Media and Schools

The Good—From Huntsville City Schools’ (AL) Students Against Fear (SAF) program: "The superintendent said SAFe is a school security force that handles 'high priority cases,' and uses various sets of information, including social media, to investigate them. 'Our SAFe program is really about bringing information together,' he said. 'One source of information is the Internet. Usually the way it begins is a tip from a parent, a policeman, a student, an administrator or a teacher. It's a human connection.'"

The Bad—From An Ankeny teacher pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation by a school employee. Police reports don’t specify if social media was a direct factor in the relationship between teacher Mandy Davenport and a student but the incident has lead school districts across the state to deal with how they should communicate with their students.

The Ugly— From Fox17 in West Michigan: A photo showing two Grandville teens engaged in an apparent sex act, also shows four other teens who appear to be watching the act…The post, which appeared on social media this past weekend, quickly went viral and sparked hundreds of thousands of responses and re-posts of the photo. Police warn those who might’ve shared the photo could face possible charges for distributing child pornography because the participants are underage.

~Kevin Hogan