A Cobb County middle school student filed a defamation suit against two of her classmates, saying they created a fake Facebook page and posted lies about her sexual activity and drug use.
It’s the latest cyber-bullying case putting heat on lawmakers to refine Georgia’s Bullying Act.
The suit charges 14 yr old Alexandria Boston’s classmates with libel and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The teen’s attorney, Natalie Woodward filed the suit after the teen and her parents tried without success to have the problem addressed by the school, the police and Facebook:
“This is a clear case of defamation, they said things about her that weren’t true, they knew they weren’t true and they published them to third parties.”
The Georgia Bullying Act was signed into law in 2010 but doesn’t take into account changing technology, like smart phones and ipads.
A new cyber bullying bill sponsored by Representative Carolyn Hugley of Columbus would refine the definition of bullying from acts done on school property to any communication that disrupts school activity.