A college student from Atlanta is suing her former high school for using a picture of her in a bikini to make a point about not uploading racy pictures to the internet.
The student, Chelsea Chaney, is seen in the picture posing in a bikini next to a cardboard cutout of Snoop Lion, formally known as Snoop Dogg. The school used her picture to prove to students that “once it’s there, it’s there to stay” when it comes to the internet.
But Chaney is not fond of being made an example out of in front of students who surely recognize her. Chaney has decided to sue the school for a whopping $2 million.
“I was embarrassed, I was horrified,” Chaney said. “It never crossed my mind that this would ever, ever happen to me.”
Chaney’s legal team, as you would expect, is on her side. Her lawyer said the school violated “federal law, state law, and ... the United States Constitution” by using the photo.
A spokesman for the school district believes it is unlikely that Chaney’s case will hold up in court.
Regardless of how the case turns out, the school should have known better. The internet is a big, fascinating place. It would not have taken more than 10 extra minutes for the school to find an example of a picture that would have been best left offline without embarrassing a former student.