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Check out this story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/03/deann-cooks-sues-twitter_n...
A student in Tulsa was cornered in a locker room and restrained while another student took a photo of the girl in her underwear. The photo was then posted to Twitter and the girl has suffered from bullying and harassment at school as a result. The mother of the victim went to the school but was told nothing could be done.
I think it's incredibly sad how first, these girls acted so poorly and didn't even think about the consequences of their actions. Second, if it's true that the school did nothing to help in the situation, then I think that's absolutely horrible.
Do you all think the mom has the right to sue?
Absolutely the parents have a right to sue. Everyone has the right to sue. But if everything really happened the way it sounds, I think she should win a lawsuit against the school district and the girls' parents. The school had a duty to punish the girls because it happened on school property. Probably if they had punished the girls who did this, the parents of the victim wouldn't be angry enough to sue. And she should win a suit against the parents because ultimately they are responsible for their children's behavior. This really was a sexual assault, to hold a person down in their underwear when they are vulnerable, take a picture and make it public. I don't know if Twitter should be held responsible. They don't review the photos before they're posted, do they? I'm not sure about that one.
While some schools may sit back and do nothing, you can't group all schools into that category. Many schools try to handle these type of issues every day, but it starts in the home. The girl had learned somewhere that this type of behavior is acceptable and it starts with parents. In addition, if the girl posted the picture to Twitter outside of school hours, is that the school's jurisdiction? I have worked in a school and know first hand that when we tried to resolve an issue involving social media, the parents claimed that we had no business dealing with the social media issue because it happened after school hours. The school can punish for the restraint and bullying because it happened on campus during school hours, but not knowing all of the details, the picture posting may have been out of their hands.
Let's see--it happened after a basketball game therefore it is a school event. The victim was restrained against her will. Why was criminal charges not brought first against the school and the participating children/parents? I see no where in there that official criminal charges were even brought up. The children/parents and the school are at fault. Twitter though--they are simply a social platform--they have nothing whatsoever to do with it. If the parents aren't supervising their children then why on earth does anyone think that Twitter can or should? I agree with the people involved but not Twitter--that would be like suing the Gainesville Sun because someone posted a comment you didn't like on this forum.