I'm curious....since I'm not a Facebooker, does a lot of this go on with kids this age who are users?http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/national_world/stories/2011/06/18/dad-sues-girls-bullies-over-facebook-video.html?sid=101
A Houston lawyer has sued three girls who made his daughter the target of a nasty video posted on Facebook, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Harris County, Texas.
Last month, the Kingwood, Texas, students, who attend the same middle school, filmed themselves offering unkind words about a classmate, then uploaded the video to the social networking site, the civil complaint says.
The targeted child's father, Jason Medley, provided the video to school officials, then sent cease-and-desist demands to the three girls and their parents. The letters said he would sue if the youngsters didn't stop all communication with his daughter and if their families did not donate at least $5,000 each to the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, an Oregon nonprofit.
Receiving no response by his early June deadline, one of Medley's colleagues filed a defamation of character lawsuit on Tuesday against the three girls, accusing them of making defamatory and false statements that "impute sexual impropriety and misconduct" to his daughter. The complaint also alleged that the video includes threats to physically harm the girl and seeks a permanent injunction to prevent the three from contacting her.
Medley declined to be interviewed for this story. The Chronicle is not naming any of the children involved.
School officials confirmed the incident, a district spokeswoman said in an email.
Nancy Willard, executive director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, thinks Medley's lawsuit is "a very novel approach" and had no idea that the Kingwood dad had suggested a donation to her nonprofit.
"Think of the lesson he is teaching his own daughter," Willard said. "You do not have to put up with someone hurting you. You can calmly and strongly say 'stop,' and I have your back."