Chelsea Chaney, Former HS Student, Sues School Over Facebook Photo

June 24, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Chelsea Chaney, a former Georgia high school student, has sued her school over a photo of her in a bikini that she posted on Facebook.

The director for technology for the Fayette County Schools used a photo of her during a seminar about the dangers of posting potentially compromising pictures on the Internet.

When she was informed that a photo of her was used, Chaney said she “was embarrassed. I was horrified,” according to WSB-TV. “It never crossed my mind that this would ever, ever happen to me.”

“I wish this had never happened,” she said. “I cried a lot. It made my first semester a lot harder.”

Chaney, who is now in college, said she will sue the school for $2 million over the school using the photo without her permission.

The photo features her standing next to a cardboard figure of rapper Snoop Dogg.

“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,” Chaney’s lawyer, Pete Wellborn, was quoted as saying. “(They) then used it out of context to suggest that Chelsea is a promiscuous, abuser of alcohol.”

The technology director used her photo in the seminar to focus on “the very public and permanent nature of the media,” reported ABC News.

RECOMMENDED