High School Principal Sues Students For Phony MySpace Profiles
from the please,-make-fun-of-me dept
Not all MySpace-related lawsuits involve the same predictable factors like underage users and sexual assault. A high school principal in Pennsylvania has sued four students after they created parody MySpace profiles for him that listed interests such as smoking pot and watching pornography. He claims that the profile has damaged his future earnings potential and so he wants monetary compensation. It's not clear whether the students' actions qualify as first amendment-protected parody or whether they'd be seen as defamation of a private citizen. Either way, the most likely outcome here is more copycat attempts as he's just put a target on himself inviting other students to attack him. Instead of suing, it seems like a better course of action would have been to simply contact MySpace and request that the profiles be taken down. Now, for better or worse, he'll always be known as the principal that sued his students over fake MySpace profiles, to anyone who searches for his name. To his credit (or maybe his lawyer's) he's suing the students and not the site itself, which is the proper legal course. Then again, it's hard to imagine that he'll be able to get much in damages from a few high school students.