Student launches $2M lawsuit against school district over Facebook photo

A Georgia college student is suing a school district she is accusing of “steal(ing)” a bikini-clad photo of her from her Facebook page that was later used at a district-wide seminar for students and teachers as a cautionary tale about social media, WSBTV reported.


According to the station, Chelsea Chaney is seeking $2 million from the Fayette County School District after its director of technology showed a photo of her posing with a cardboard cutout of rapper Snoop Dog under the title, "Once it's there, it's there to stay."

"I was embarrassed. I was horrified," Chaney, who is now a college freshman, told WSBTV in Atlanta. "It never crossed my mind that this would ever, ever happen to me."

"Their idea that putting something on Facebook gives them a license to steal it and carte blanche to do with it what they did is wrong ethically, it's wrong morally and it's absolutely wrong legally," Chaney’s attorney, Pete Wellborn, reportedly elaborated.

"(They) then used it out of context to suggest that Chelsea is a promiscuous, abuser of alcohol."

The school district, for its part, reportedly would not comment on the suit.

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