Facebook Defamation Case Against School Parent

A complaint was filed in a Oklahoma State Court over a parent’s alleged “harassment” of a Oklahoma school superintendent.  On the surface, it doesn’t seem like such a lawsuit has much of  chance. He is a public official, her complaints were related to his public conduct as a school official so its highly likely the case will get quickly dismissed by the court.

Chilling Effect

What is worrisome is that ordinary citizens now take on the liability of news organizations when they speak out against individuals (and maybe even entities) on their Facebook, blogs or other social media platforms.  While this woman maybe able to quickly get this case dismissed, she did hire lawyers and will probably be on the hook for thousands of dollars as well as the stress of facing the publicity of a lawsuit.  Seems like it might lead to other individuals to stay quiet rather than speak out on public issues.

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