3 Ohio Teens Sue High School For Spacebook "Parody" Iding Teacher As paedophile

  1. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,317925,00.html

    CINCINNATI — Three teenagers have sued school officials over lengthy suspensions they received for setting up a Facebook page that identifies a teacher as a pedophile.

    The entry on the social networking site included the face and last name of the teacher and referred to him as a member of the North American Man/Boy Love Association, which supports sex between men and boys.

    "They're not saying it's true, they're saying it's just parody," the students' attorney, Marc Mezibov, said Friday.

    The boys were suspended from Taylor High School for the maximum 90 days for creating the entry in November. They've served 10 days and were told the rest of the punishment would begin Jan. 2, when classes resume after the holiday break.

    U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott ordered school officials to let them return pending a hearing on the lawsuit Jan. 10.

    "Each of the boys has written an apology to the teacher and questioned whether they exercised their best judgment," their attorney, Marc Mezibov, said Friday.

    The students and their parents filed the federal lawsuit Dec. 14 after the Three Rivers School District board voted to uphold the punishment.

    They argue that the Facebook entry should be considered protected speech because it was parody. The plaintiffs also allege the district overstepped its bounds because the Web page was created away from school with access limited to seven people, Mezibov said.

    District officials wouldn't comment but have said allowing the students to remain in school would cause unspecified disruptions and hurt teacher morale. The district said 14 teachers had already requested their photos be removed from district Web sites. The teacher photo on Facebook was copied from a district site.

    The students want to be reinstated, their disciplinary actions deleted from their records and the district ordered to pay their attorney fees and unspecified damages.

    There have similar cases across Ohio and the country, said Scott Greenwood, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney. Courts have ruled that students can't be punished by schools for such off-campus acts and that such suspensions violate free speech, he said.
  2. I still think that's wrong. IMO that's defamation so can't the teacher go after them himself?
  3. Man, this is awful. It's bad enough NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) even exsists, but to "parody" a teacher as a member? Stuff like this can ruin a teacher's life, say if he goes to another school and they enter his name in a google search, that would pop up!

    There is NOTHING funny about doing something like this. It was hard enough for victims of childhood sexual abuse, this doesn't make it any easier!
  4. These kids need to learn the hard way that you don't get to take back a mean spirited thing like this by claiming "it's a parody". Defamation of character is not a joking matter.
  5. making such accusations on a public website is definitely something any school would take seriously, and claiming the accusation is a parody will only hurt other boys who have been molested. I hope the lawsuit is dismissed.
  6. The teacher and the school should countersue... fraud, libel, defamation of character. A pedophile? People lose their jobs over stuff like this!

    A parody is Weird Al's "White & Nerdy" instead of "Ridin' Dirty"... i fail to see the humor is falsely accusing someone of illegal acts.
  7. I thought this would be another story of a school getting too carried away with punishments (i.e. expelling a kid for bringing a butter knife to school, etc).

    IMO, those kids deserved the punishment they got. I think they have some nerve to sue the school.
  8. Sounds like some rich kids' parents don't want their children to have to take responsibility for what they did. I'm with the teacher.
  9. Does'nt sound like parody to me.
    They got off easy with just a suspension.
  10. After the kids did something like that, how DARE the parents try to sue the school! I really hate that some people--including these parents--have bred. Not only did they not raise their kids to be compassionate and respectful; when the kids get called on and punished for their asinine behavior, instead of punishing them appropriately, the parents run to their defense?

    What's the world coming to? If anyone should sue it should be the teacher AND the school...and they should sue the parents of these little sh*ts. They would have a case. Libel, defamation, slander...all of the above?