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    High school athlete sues classmates over Facebook profile

    Date: 10.16.09 | by Judge Tom.

    Four teenage boys in Illinois created a fake Facebook profile about a student athlete at their school in Cook County. They added his real name, cell phone number and a few photos.


    Spencer E. Holtaway

    Over the month the page was up, they posted sexual statements claiming that he was gay and obscenities to make him appear to be racist (including one about President Obama). It was seen by over 500 “friends” before Facebook removed it.

    The victim was humiliated and embarassed. His reputation as an athlete and good student was damaged, and he had to change coaches and academic advisors. He and his family were alienated from their friends.

    In September, 2009, “John Doe” and his mother sued the four culprits referred to by only their initials R.C., A.G., K.Z. and M.S. They are suing for defamation and severe emotional distress, and seek unspecified damages and an order against the four prohibiting similar conduct in the future.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Susanne Mitchell
      Fri, 30 Oct 2009 at 04:30

      School athlete sues students over Facebook profile