- School used student’s Facebook photo to illustrate how embarrassing posts never die, suit says
School used student’s Facebook photo to illustrate how embarrassing posts never die, suit says
Posted Jul 8, 2013 8:14 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A Georgia school district administrator plucked a senior’s bikini photo from Facebook to illustrate the risks of posting pictures on the Internet, according to a $2 million privacy lawsuit filed by the teen.
Chelsea Chaney told WSBTV she was embarrassed and horrified when the Fayette County School District used her photo and name in a PowerPoint slide titled “Once it's there, it's there to stay." The family vacation photo showed Chaney wearing a bikini next to a photo cutout of the rapper then known as Snoop Dogg. The Athens Banner-Herald and the Huffington Post also have stories on the lawsuit, filed this spring.
The photo was used in a community awareness seminar, and also appeared in a handout for those who attended, the suit says. Just before Chaney’s photo, a slide portrayed a cartoon in which a mother’s old Facebook page lists her hobbies as "bad boys, jello shooters, and body art,” a fact discovered by her daughter. According to the suit, the juxtaposition inferred Chaney was a "sexually-promiscuous abuser of alcohol (or, in today’s vernacular, an alcoholic slut) who should be more careful about her Internet postings."
Chaney, who is now a 19-year-old freshman at the University of Georgia, says she believed her Facebook photo was only available to friends and friends of friends. The suit claims a constitutional privacy violation, libel and theft, according to the Banner-Herald report.