Skip to comments.Principal Sues Students Over MySpace Pictures
Posted on 09/21/2006 5:44:48 AM PDT by laotzu
A fake web page on the website, myspace.com, has some Northside ISD students in legal trouble, News 4 WOAI learned Wednesday. The teens are accused of using the site to spread malicious rumors about their vice principal.
The vice principal is taking the students to court, News 4 WOAI learned.
On Clark High School's web page, a picture of Assistant Principal Anna Draker has been removed. According to Drakers attorney, a couple of students doctored her pictures and posted them on myspace.com.
The civil lawsuit claims a couple of students who Draker disciplined retaliated by filing the myspace page. The web page was filled with lewd, defamatory and obscene comments, pictures and graphics, according to the suit.
The students even attacked the assistant principal's sexuality by posting false rumors, Drakers attorney said. The suit claims Draker has been harassed by others accessing the web page.
Assistant Principal Draker is also suing the students parents, suggesting they have a duty to supervise the teens, according to court papers.
Good for her. So many kids these days are unsupervised and out of control. Where are the parents?
My thinking is being consistant with current federal laws. Anyone under the age of 18 can not enter into or be bound by a contract. Upon entering MySpace or other websites a contractural agreement is made between host and users. If user is under age 18, no contract agreement can be made or enforced, hence, no violation regardless of posting content. Case dismissed!
Thin skinned. You've gotta expect things like this when your smart-ass, spoiled, unappreciative children publically slander someone who is a valued, and appreciated part of society.
It is guys like the VP that undercut the parent's authority. Schools supply internet access with computers in the libraries and classrooms. Smack the kid for disobeying a direct parental order to stay off the internet and the schools call the cops. Of course, the parent may never know if the kid is on the internet. All a parent can really do is shut down access at home and chain the kid to the house.
Myspace, Facebook and other sites of this type are routinely blocked at schools. To access these sites the students must do so from home, not the school.
As far as whether or not the parents know if the kid is on the internet.....it's pretty easy to block sites even at home--it can be done from the service provider, password, and/or direct blocking software. The parent can also check the history to see if the kid has gotten through. It takes some vigilance, but it can be done.
I'm sorry, I don't agree with that. My husband and I decided to homeschool our children after elementary school. Last year, on a field trip with my fourth grader, I was absolutely amazed and appalled at the mean, vindictive, bullying of the students in his class. The girls as well as the boys were out of control. I witnessed one child tell my son not to speak to him or he would hit him. When I addressed his behavior, he lied to me and the teacher.
I spoke to the teachers about it. My son was bullied quite a lot. The teacher said she'd sent kids to the office, had the counselor in to talk to the kids, and tried to contact the parents. The parents of the worse students didn't return phone calls, come to conferences, or respond to notes. In talking to the teachers I learned fifth grade was even worse. Needless to say, I pulled my son early.
My point is, there are parents out there who are concerned about their children and those that aren't. I know from experience you can't be with your kids all the time, and they will make poor choices. They must be disciplined and taught not to do these things. My concern is the mean-spirited nature of a lot of kids and the way they go about tearing others down when they get in their way or feel they have been slighted.
Your boy is a momma's boy. I feel sorry for him, fatso.
Don't concur. First when real disciplinary power was taken away from the schools, it forced things like this into the courts.
Second, it is because she is in a position of authority that she shouldn't tolerate this kind of crap. Teenagers must always learn that they can't commit unacceptable adult acts and get disciplined as children. Its a tough lesson every kid gets growing up, I had mine, but ignoring this would be irresponsible and dereliction of her duties to the school and these kids.
You sir are an ass.
"Your boy is a momma's boy"
Maybe, maybe not. You couldn't possibly know. But what you CAN know is that this Real Mom has already surpassed your own Mothers accomplishments wrt YOU and parenting, which explains your gratuitous and malicious attack.
YOU, small sir, seem to be the proverbial motherless child.
The parents should use the kids college funds for the thousands of dollars in lawyers' fees this will cost. Make the punishment fit the crime and let these geniuses work their way through college. They'll find out how smart they really are.
Old fart alert:
In my high school which was run by priests, many of whom were POWs as military chaplains in WW2, behavior of that type was treated with a thorough ass-kicking and no complaints from the parents.
"My son was bullied quite a lot."
My son's school spent a week on "anti-bullying", which included reading and doing a book report with a homosexual theme (that is the real agenda of the anti-bullying campaign).
I had a meeting with the teacher over the book and she tried to blow it off as being nothing and that the "anti-bullying" was very important. I told her I taught my son there were only two things he needs to know about bullies, that is, if he's bullied to haul off and knock the tar out of the bully. The other thing was if I ever heard he bullied anyone I'd knock his block off.
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