Examining app used by Thorp teacher to send messages to minor

(WQOW) — An app called "Remind" is changing the way students can communicate with their teachers, but not always for the better.

Thorp teacher Mark Wenta resigned earlier this year. According to the investigation report released to News 18, Wenta used ‘Remind’ to express interest in a romantic relationship with a student. The two also exchanged hundreds of messages.

‘Remind’ is a messaging app used by schools to allow students, teachers and even parents to communicate more easily. without giving out personal phone numbers. Users sign up for ‘classes’, which are set up by the school. Once you are added to a class, you can share messages and files. The app hides all personal cell phone numbers, so students can’t get ahold of teachers’, and vice versa. 

However, educators recognize that the technology has led to some grey areas. "It can be easy to blur the difference between your personal life and professional life if you’re texting all the time"Brian Casey, with Stevens Point schools said.  

The Thorp School district has changed its electronic communications policy and paid for a special version of the app, that gives district officials access to all conversations.

On Remind’s website, the creators said they have a strict privacy policy, and are committed to harboring safe communication within their app. 

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