PRINCIPALS SUING STUDENTS OVER FAKE SOCIAL NETWORKING PROFILES

A great number of lawsuits have been filed recently in the United States claiming that personal profiles posted on social networking Websites contained false, defamatory, and misleading information about the plaintiff’s individuals. In many cases, the victims are principals and teachers, and the culprits are their students who use these sites as a form of retaliation. Thus far, the courts have not accepted the plaintiffs’ arguments that these activities are actionable.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How can victims of fake social networking profiles identify the perpetrators?
What liability, if any, do parents face as a result of their children’s causing damage by settling up fake profiles?
Did the judges in the case of Draker v. Schreiber express disapproval of the students’ behavior?

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