This story covers some of the problems I have with this law but misses am important one. Don't existing laws against harassment cover online harassment? Teachers felt they needed specific protection under the law:
The law, called the School Violence Prevention Act, is aimed at students who torment their teachers by creating fake online profiles, posting personal information or images, signing them up to pornographic sites or make any statement, "whether true or false" that's intended to "immediately provoke" anyone to "stalk or harass a school employee."
"It became apparent that we had to get some kind of protection," said Judy Kidd, of the Classroom Teachers Association of North Carolina, which sought the legislation.
School Violence Protection Act? Even the name misrepresents what this law does. And how can you be jailed for telling the truth about someone? It's easy to see how this law will give teacher's carte blanche to go after any kid who posts something about them they don't like. It seems hard to believe this law doesn't violate the students' free speech rights.
And one other thought, teachers have so little control over students and so little communication with parents that this became a law enforcement issue?