A college student in Georgia is suing a local district after an administrator used a photo taken from the student’s Facebook profile to inform parents and other students about the dangers of posting pictures on the Internet.
Chelsea Chaney, a freshman at the University of Georgia, told local Atlanta news station WSBTV that she was “embarrassed” and “horrified” after the Fayette County Schools Director of Technology displayed a photo of her in a bikini during a presentation at a district-wide seminar dedicated to informing people of the risks of social media.
The photo was posted with the title "Once it's there, it's there to stay," Chaney said.
According to WSBTV, Chaney and her attorney take issue with the fact that she didn’t give permission for her photo to be used.
"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," attorney Pete Wellborn told WSBTV.
While the school has reportedly issued a formal apology to Chaney in response to the alleged wrongful use of the picture, the student and her attorney are not satisfied. "I wish it was taken more seriously and gotten a more sincere apology," Chaney said.
Chaney is suing the Fayette County School District for $2 million.
A school district spokesman said they were unable to comment on litigation but did not believe there was any legal liability. According to WSBTV, the school has filed a motion to have the case dismissed.