High school athlete sues classmates over Facebook profile
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.
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.