KAPPAN - the publication of Phi Delta Kappa
AUTHOR – Perry A. Zirkel, University Professor of Education and Law, Leigh University
On January 2, 2003, the Connecticut Technical High School system hired Jeffrey Spanierman as an English teacher for its program in Ansonia, Connecticut.
During his second and third years in the position, he was responsive to students who asked him to look at their MySpace pages. The MySpace web site allows users to create their own profile page, including photographs. One of the features is that the owner of a profile can post blogs and allow other MySpace users to post comments.
By the summer of 2005, Spanierman had opened his own MySpace account, creating several different profiles. One was called “Mr. Spiderman.” He used the account to communicate with students about homework and also to conduct nonschool-related discussions.