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NYC Department Of Education Putting Together First-Ever Social Media Policy

Dennis Walcott speaks to reporters outside P.S. 87 - New York, NY - Feb 13, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

Dennis Walcott speaks to reporters outside P.S. 87 – New York, NY – Feb 13, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - New York City’s Department of Education is putting together its first-ever social media policy, but it’s not just aimed at students.

Facebook is turning out to be an occupational hazard for some teachers in the New York City public school system. Schools investigator Richard Condon told the New York Post that over the past 18 months they’ve had 120 complaints of city-school employees posting inappropriate comments on Facebook.

WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported

Some of the comments involved a teacher threatening to bring a gun to school, a student’s breast size and demeaning remarks about a parent. One teacher even got caught for calling out sick and then posting a picture of herself drinking a pina colada in San Juan, WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported.

Under the new social media policy, schools chancellor Dennis Walcott has indicated that teachers may be barred from becoming Facebook friends with students on their personal pages.

Do you agree with this potential policy, or is it a violation of free speech? Offer your comments and thoughts below…